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Posted July 26, 2013

  1. Are universities with CEPH-accredited public health programs eligible to apply for this FOA?
  2. I recently came across RFA-DP-14-001 and wanted confirmation regarding my institution's eligibility. I am housed inside a medical school with an accredited program in public health. Although our School of Medicine has an accredited program of public health, the medical school doesn't have a preventive medicine residency.
  3. Is it correct that these can be new and separate from the current CDC-funded PRCs, (e.g., a new center can be proposed from XXXX as long as it is quite distinct and separate from xxxx’s PRC)?
  4. In reviewing the eligibility criteria for this RFA, it appears we are ineligible for criterion #1 (i.e., we do not have a preventive medicine residency), and we may be ineligible for criterion #2 (as the RFA appears to limit eligibility to schools). Does CDC intend to limit applications to schools and exclude accredited programs?
  5. Because this is an electronic submission, and there is only one total summary budget page for each year for the submission, how would you like us to represent or attach the Core Component and the Research Component pieces? Do you want us to fill out 398 forms to represent them individually and attach them as an “Appendix”? Please clarify.
  6. Part A: Is this RFA intended to supplement current national CDC-funded PRCs, (i.e., with new applications)? Part B: In addition, can a new center be proposed from an institution that already has a PRC, as long as it is quite distinct and separate from an existing PRC?
  7. I believe XXX would not be eligible to apply for a new PRC because they already have a CDC-funded PRC. However, it is my understanding that an accredited medical school with a preventive medicine residency,( e.g., XXX Medical School), which is a different entity with a different DUNS, would be eligible. Can you confirm that this is the case and, if so, which types or definitions of “preventive medicine” residencies would be eligible?
  8. XXX is an accredited School of Medicine. The institution does not offer a preventive medical residency program, but we do offer a preventative medical fellowship. Can we be eligible for this grant.
  9. Part A: I am writing to inquire about the eligibility qualifications for RFA-DP-14-001. The announcement states that only schools of public health are eligible—is that still the case given the new realignment of schools and programs of public health through ASPPH? Part B: Second, what do you consider a public health residency program?
  10. Specifically, "preventing drug abuse and excessive alcohol abuse" is one of the seven priority areas of the National Prevention Strategy. My question is this, and I recognize the difficulty in answering it: All other things being equal, would a prescription drug abuse-focused PRC application (that is fully responsive to all other criteria) fit with the mission of the PRCs Program?
  11. The first Web session on July 31st is from 3 to 5pm (EDT), whereas the second one on August 1st seems to be an hour shorter from 3 to 4pm. Is one of these time ranges a misprint, or are they indeed different lengths (maybe in anticipation of more people being on the first call)?
  12. XXX School of Public Health already has a PRC. Would we be eligible to apply for another center in a different area? If not, is the XXX School of Medicine eligible to apply?
  13. We are a program, not a school, nor are we part of a medical school. However, we are CEPH-accredited, and a full-member of ASPH. On behalf of Public Health at XX, I would like to ask for your clarification as to whether we are eligible?

Posted July 30, 2013

  1. A group of public health faculty members here at XXX University and XXXX Medical School are interested in applying for RFA-DP-14-001. The joint Public Health Program between XXX and XXXX is accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health. Please advise whether the XXXU/XXXXMS is eligible for the grant application.
  2. The Letter of Intent asks for a descriptive title of the proposed research, but the examples given are one-word examples, such as cardiovascular, renal, etc. Is it sufficient then to say "obesity research?"
  3. There is no place in the proposal for a progress report for Centers that are already funded as there has been in the past. Should currently funded centers include a progress report somewhere (e.g., Appendix)?
  4. There is no place in the proposal for inclusion of our Federally Negotiated IDC Agreement. Should that be included somewhere (e.g., Appendix)?
  5. There is no place in the proposal to include a Center-level logic model. Would it be acceptable/appropriate to include the logic model in the Appendix with the work plan and implementation timeline?
  6. On page 26, the FOA states that the “principal investigator (on behalf of the applicant institution) must provide documentation of an overall match between the proposed Prevention Research Center, as described in the applicant’s Project Summary, and the research aims of this FOA….” What sort of documentation is required? Is this saying that the statement needs to be explicit in the Project Summary, or that there needs to be documentation included elsewhere in the proposal?
  7. Page 26 of the guidelines for RFA-DP-14-001 calls for a detailed budget for the Center and a detailed budget for the proposed public health research project. How can I do this in an electronic submission? Would I put the detailed budget for the research project in the subcontract module?
  8. We have a CEPH-accredited MPH Program within the XXX School of Medicine, although we are not a school of public health. My understanding is that schools of medicine may apply if they have a Preventive Medicine residency training program. We partner with the Preventive Medicine residency administratively housed within the X Department of Public Health (XXXX). That is, faculty and staff from both institutions serve on committees, conduct research, and teach within both programs. Indeed, the first year of the residency is at XXX, where residents obtain their MPH and work with faculty from XXX and XXXX. Please let us know as soon as possible whether our institution (XXX School of Medicine) would be considered eligible.
  9. Where should we attach the 398 pages? Do we attach them as part of the budget justification narrative, or do we attach it as an "Appendix"?
  10. I did not see in this FOA, 2014-2019, that a Progress Report is included. Is that correct?
  11. Appendix C in the FOA states that the Core Budget and Research Budget should be separate. However, there is no place in the online application package to upload two separate budgets, (and the header on the Appendix says that it’s for continuations or progress reports). Can you please clarify whether the budget should be consolidated or separate, (and if separate, how we should upload it)?

Posted August 5, 2013

  1. Does the definition of “Preventive Medicine Residency” include all four of the specialty areas of training (i.e., 1. General Preventive Medicine; 2. Occupational Medicine; 3. Aerospace Medicine; and 4. Hyperbaric Medicine), or just No. 1. General Preventive Medicine Residency?
  2. We are an institution within a University that seeks proactive approaches for prevention and early diagnosis of noncommunicable diseases. We conduct multidisciplinary and high-tech (engineering, sciences, biology, and social sciences) research and training on noncommunicable disease prevention strategies; do collaborative research with physicians or clinicians from medical schools; but do not practice medicine like medical schools do.
  3. Do you have a sample that I can use as a template for completing an application, as the standard "Aims, Background, Innovation, and Approach" headings do not really work for this FOA. Perhaps there is some guidance on how this will differ from a standard 424 submission?
  4. Do CEPH-accredited programs of public health meet the eligibility requirement to apply for the current PRC RFA?
  5. We have an accredited MPH program, are not in a School of Public Health, and are part of the X School of Medicine. To the best of my knowledge, our department (Preventive Medicine) does not have a preventive medicine residency program. Are we eligible?
  6. Does the applied public health prevention research project need to fit entirely in one of the three categories listed in the FOA, or could it have components that fit in two or more categories?
  7. Would a successful program that affected behaviors and systems in a large RCT meet the definition of an “evidence-based program” for option #1, Dissemination and Implementation of evidence-based strategies?
  8. Would the study of a program based on evidence-based strategies (e.g., a strongly recommended approach in the community guide) meet the definition of an “evidence-based program” for option #1, Dissemination and Implementation of evidence-based strategies, even if the exact intervention had not been previously evaluated?
  9. Our Health Sciences program is accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Are we eligible to apply?
  10. Would the 2 budgets for the center and one for the research project be combined in the detailed budget forms and then separated in the budget justification, using the CDC budget guidelines?

Posted August 14, 2013

  1. Are the specific aims counted as part of the 25-page limit? On page 33 (item #7), the FOA states that only the research strategy is part of the 25 pages. Because the research strategy includes only significance, innovation, and approach (per page 27, item #5), we are wondering if the specific aims are in addition to the 25 pages?
  2. We planned to have one set of specific aims for the overall proposal, and another set specifically for the research project portion of the proposal. If the specific aims are not counted toward the 25 pages, may we have two sets of specific aims?
  3. May we include in the budget light refreshments for the quarterly meetings of our PRC's Community Advisory Board? This would be less than $500 per meeting, for a total of less than $2,000 per year.
  4. Are the letters of support counted against the page limit of the appendix? (We are pretty sure the answer is no, but we wanted to confirm.)
  5. Is there a specific place where we should report on our current PRC core research project, or should we make our best determination about where to describe that work?
  6. Do you yet know when the 2014 SIP FOA will be published?
  7. Will the same reviewers review our full proposal, or will one group review the center components and another group review the research components?
  8. Would you like us to submit a consolidated budget, or just the two separate budgets (center and research)?
  9. May our research budget be more than 50% of the total budget?
  10. On page 14, the FOA states: "The PRCs should develop a 5-year center-wide integrated research agenda." Please clarify what this means. Is this our research work plan? Does "center-wide" indicate that it's broader than just the work we conduct with funding from the CDC PRC Program? Is this a specific document that we need to include in the proposal?
  11. Where in the proposal should we state whether we are complying with the two optional policies related to tobacco and nutrition (FOA, page 48)? In addition, are we stating compliance for our PRC or for our university as a whole?
  12. Is it feasible for X University to be considered eligible to respond to this announcement as the submitting organization if we have confirmed the partnership with an accredited institution of public health and also an accredited school of medicine?
  13. Is our CEPH-accredited public health program or our medical school at the University of X at X eligible for this RFA?
  14. Can you please expound on what you mean by "environmental systems" in outcome measure #2: Increased changes to environmental systems?
  15. Do we need or have to develop SMART objectives for the core research project or only for the center activities? (It does not seem to make sense for the research project, the 1-year window for a 5-year research project.)
  16. Is there one summary or abstract for the entire application, or one for the 10-page core application and another for the 15-page research project?
  17. Should the 10 pages and the 15 pages be merged into one document for submission?
  18. Should we submit a name for the center proposal and a name for the research project proposal, or just a name for the research project?
  19. Do we need to fill out human subjects, inclusion, and target enrollment documents for the training, evaluation, community engagement, communications, and infrastructure sections, or just one form for the entire proposal?
  20. We have an accredited MPH program, but the program is not contained within a School of Public Health. We are part of the XX School of Medicine. To the best of my knowledge, our department, Preventive Medicine, does not have a preventive medicine residency program. Are we eligible to apply?
  21. I have a congressman who would like to address the letter of support directly to someone at CDC. Can you provide a contact name and address for this purpose? (They will send the letter to us; they just need a name and contact person to whom the letter can be addressed.)
  22. Page 14 of the FOA lists what the PRC infrastructure or administration should be able to do. Do we need to document a 5-year research agenda in the infrastructure section, or just show we have the infrastructure to carry it out and outline our research in the applied research section?
  23. Are applicants better advised to focus on one winnable battle, or alternatively, the risk factors in common underlying two to three winnable battles, (e.g., smoking, teen pregnancy, STIs/HIV)?
  24. Does the cap on the amount of funding allocated to training include the time of a faculty member who would lead that Core? Or does that cap apply only to the amount that can be allocated for implementing trainings?
  25. There does not seem to be any place to discuss the work plan(s) in the points specified in the announcement for the 10-page Core Center proposal. How should it be addressed?
  26. Are the budget forms, which are to be included as an appendix, part of the 50-page limit on the appendices?
  27. Does occupational medicine, a subspecialty of preventive medicine, meet the residency requirement?

Posted August 15, 2013

  1. The guidance document states that intervention research will be funded only to address an evidence gap in the efficacy or effectiveness of health promotion or disease prevention strategies for a particular group or community, OR fills a major evidence gap identified in each review found in the Guide for Community Preventive Services. The rest of that section focuses heavily on the CPS. Does that mean that if we are looking at an intervention research project that does not address a CPS topic area, we will not be compliant with the intent of this domain?
  2. What is the Web address where the slides and text of the presentation are located?
  3. Regarding Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers FOA (CFDA 93.135), must the applicant have a residency program? Under the "Eligible Organization" section, the FOA states that accredited schools of public health are eligible, with no mention that those schools must have a residency program. Could you clarify this for me?
  4. Will the merit review scores (from the peer review in November) be available through eRA Commons a few days after the review (similar to NIH study section reviews)?
  5. We are considering an application in response to this RFA but would like to assess CDC's interest in our topic. We have a strong existing infrastructure for community engagement and partnerships for this line of work.
  6. During the call-in, the answer was yes, that general preventive medicine, occupational medicine, hyperbaric medicine, and aerospace medicine, as ACGME accredited Preventive Medicine Programs, are included in the Preventive Medicine Residency requirement in the grant. Please correct me if that is not correct.
  7. Is the only required committee a Community Committee? Or should there also be an internal/external Advisory Committee?
  8. Can the Training PI salary be part of the core budget? In other words, can the training 5% contain just the costs related to putting together the actual training, which would include non-investigator labor costs, materials, meeting costs, etc?
  9. For travel, how many trips should be budgeted for PI(s) to attend PRC meetings?
  10. For travel, how many trips should be budgeted for the lead investigator on the sub-project?
  11. Can the list of ongoing prevention projects and activities be submitted as an appendix?
  12. Approximately how many projects should be listed to be sufficient to address the breadth of work we are doing?
  13. Are you asking for a timeline for each of the goals listed in the six separate sections (infrastructure, community engagement, training, etc.)? With up to three goals for each area, this would translate to as many as 18 separate timelines.
  14. Because the work plan template asks for a completion date for the activities, we are not clear how Appendix E would be differentiated from the work plan.
  15. What is the smallest allowable font for an appendix?
  16. In Appendix D, the work plan requires "SMART Annual Objectives for the next budget period." Does this mean the annual objectives in the work plan should only cover year one of the grant?
  17. Is health services considered part of public health practice?

Posted August 16, 2013

  1. Where will answers sent to PRCFOA@cdc.gov be posted?
  2. Is the specific aims page included within the 25-page limit, or can that be a separate page?
  3. For the separate budgets, do we need to provide all of the PHS 398 pages for each of the subcontracts within each of the components (i.e., face page, plus form pages 4, 5, and 6 = 4 pages per subcontract per component—we anticipate this will take up 20+ pages of our appendix)? Can you recommend an alternative but acceptable format for providing the separate budget details?
  4. XU is an accredited school of medicine. X hospital has an active and accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program. We are submitting documents together to ACGME to make this a joint PM program. It will have a codirector from both organizations. The documents are due to ACGME in September, and we will be prepared to submit them with our PRC application, if it is necessary to verify our eligibility. Are we qualified to apply?
  5. The FOA states that no more than 5% of the total budget should be directed to training. If the proposed public health project includes the implementation of a curriculum, are we correct in assuming that this intervention is not limited by the 5 % cap?
  6. If we have been doing a project for the past 5 years, could we apply for funds that would continue support of this project?
  7. We are an accredited Public Health Program, not a school, and we do not have a residency training in public health program, but we do have a required practicum for all students. Are we eligible to apply?
  8. In reading the FOA, we have not observed any language or requirements related to the National Community Committee; is this correct?
  9. Were either of the informational webinars recorded? Are the slides used for the webinars available?
  10. Can existing PRCs apply for DP-14-001, or is it only for the development of new centers?
  11. I missed the technical assistance webinar. Are slides or other information available?
  12. Our group is looking at several issues involving occupational health as a possible primary research project for the HPDPRC grant. Occupational health is a topic area in Healthy People 2020, and workplace injury prevention is part of the National Prevention Strategy. However, it is not one of the specific HP 2020 topics listed in the grant guidance, page 10. It is not clear whether topics must be strictly limited to that list. Given the above, is occupational health/safety acceptable as a primary research project for the grant?
  13. This question is about the requirement to put the budget and justification for both the Center and Research component of the proposal in the appendices. Are we expected to put the entire 5 years into the appendices, or can we just put the first year?

Posted August 23, 2013

  1. We do not have a preventive medicine residency here. We are submitting one, but do have community health and family medicine. Does that count? I see two different things written, where one place says it can be submitted by either a school of public health or school of medicine, and another place that says it must have both. Please advise?
  2. Can we partner with a medical school in another state that has a Preventive Medicine Residency program?
  3. I just wanted to clarify that the "Specific Aims" page is NOT counted in the 25-page limit.
  4. What is the resource sharing section meant to address?
  5. Does the budget justification included in the appendices need to include all five years or is year one adequate?

Posted August 26, 2013

  1. We are a nonprofit research institution affiliated with an accredited school of public health. Can our institution meet the eligibility requirement through our affiliation?
  2. Our medical school does not have a Preventive Medicine Residency. Can we partner with another medical school with a Preventive Medicine Residency?
  3. There is one application per institution. If the application is coming from my university, and we are partnering with the medical school that has a PMR, can that university submit its own application for a different center?
  4. Our School of Public Health has completed all requirements for accreditation and has documentation of such. We would like assurance that as long as we have our official documentation prior to review, that we are eligible to apply.
  5. What are the preferred headings for the 25 pages?
  6. For the research project, does it have to be one discrete project or could it be multicomponent addressing a key evidence gap?
  7. The 50% minimum required for the applied research project—is that for the overall 5-year amount, or does each year have to be a minimum of 50%?
  8. Does the section on innovation refer to the entire center or just the applied research project?
  9. If our core research project could potentially span more than one of the three research categories, how do we handle that in our application?
  10. If the center Principal Investigator (PI) is different from the research project PI, should we use the multiple PI mechanism, or would the PI of the research project be a co-PI on the overall center, or coinvestigator?
  11. Do we have to include a full IRB approval at the time of submission?
  12. Does the CDC have the same requirements for a data safety monitoring plan as the NIH?
  13. For the Special Emphasis Panel, will the reviewers include nonprofessional community members?
  14. Please confirm that separate detailed budgets (for the center and research project) to be placed in the appendices are required for year 1 only. We understand that detailed budgets for years 2-5 for the center and research project will be submitted in subsequent years via the PHS2590 Grant Progress Report, as shown in Appendix C.
  15. Is it acceptable to describe the applied public health research project in terms of significance, innovation, and research, and describe the proposed center by addressing each of the 5 elements responding to the specific bullet points listed for each? In other words, the elements (infrastructure and administration, community engagement, communication and dissemination, etc.) would not be broken into significance, innovation, and approach.
  16. We missed the FOA webcasts, as well as the LOI deadline. Is there material available from the webcast, and can we still send in a LOI?
  17. We plan to propose that our prevention center implement a community-based program targeting diabetes. Would this fit with the goal of the FOA?
  18. Are we allowed to refer the reviewers, in the body of the text, to our current PRC Web site via a link?
  19. In the appendix section, do the additional three unpublished manuscripts count towards the 15 document, 50-page limits?
  20. What is the required reference style? Is there a page limit or limited number of references we can provide?
  21. Should the budgets that are included in the appendix be prepared by using the SF424 or the PHS398?

Posted August 27, 2013

  1. I know that XX has a PRC. My question is whether it is a problem for our proposed PRC to include a subcontract to XX? We know they want to submit an application for their institution. Can they be included in both applications?
  2. Is Appendix E needed for the following sections of the application that will be part of the first 10 pages: infrastructure and administration, community engagement, communication, and training and evaluation?
  3. The answer you gave seems to indicate that Appendix E is ONLY needed for the Applied Public Health Prevention Research Project. Is this correct?
  4. For Appendix D, SMART Annual Objectives are only needed for year 1 of the proposal, is that correct?
  5. No objectives are to be listed for years 2, 3, 4, or 5, correct? If so, then activities will only be specified for year 1 objectives, is that correct?
  6. Can the individual budgets for the Center and the Research Project that are to be included in the Appendix be in an Excel spreadsheet format, or must the budgets be submitted on PHS 398 forms?
  7. On page 29, it is noted that the work plan and implementation timeline will not count against the page limit of this application. Does that mean that even though they are put in the appendix, they do not count towards the 50-page limit for the appendix?
  8. I understand the work plan should not exceed 20 pages. Is that correct?

Posted August 29, 2013

  1. Is the format for the Implementation Timeline provided in Appendix E the required or preferred format (as with the Work Plan template provided in Appendix D), or may we use another format?
  2. The guidance references a requirement for "PHS398 assurances and certifications," but I'm not sure which form(s) would comply with this request. I found two documents under the assurances and certifications links on the site provided in the guidance (http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/grants/foamain.shtm), but they're not PHS398 forms so I'm not sure if that's what you're looking for. Please advise.
  3. The guidance indicates that we should use the PHS398 project summary, but I'm unsure if you really want the PHS 398 template, which includes much of the information that will be entered to the SF424 forms, or if we should just upload a 30-line project summary without headers and footers. Please advise. Should we leave the PHS 398 headers and footers on the documents that are uploaded to the SF424 forms, or is the content of the PHS398 document more what you're looking for rather than the actual template?
  4. This question is regarding clarification of question 5 on the FAQ site. As noted below, it says it is further recommended that the separate budgets for the 2 components be included as an appendix. The budgets and justifications should clearly delineate staff and resources for each component (center or research project) so that detailed information is available for review for each component. Regarding the two separate budgets included in the appendices, if a new or renewal applicant completes and submits the CDC template available http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/budgetguide.htm for each component (center and project), is this considered sufficient to meet the RFA requirements of providing a budget and justification for each component? Or is the CDC template considered only a justification, in which case, should the applicants also provide a detailed budget table, and if so, is there a specific format or template that should be used for the budget table (e.g., Form pages 4 &5 of the PHS 398)?
  5. We are setting up a subcontract for the RFA-DP-14-001 application, and we have a question about indirect rate policies. The subcontractor does not have a federally negotiated indirect cost rate. Our grants office said that depending on the sponsor, we may be allowed to include indirect costs, but supporting documentation would be required to justify the rate. A. Is it possible to include indirect costs in the subcontract? B. If possible, what supporting documentation would the CDC need to justify the rate?

Posted September 4, 2013

  1. Should we leave the PHS 398 headers and footers on the documents that are uploaded to the SF424 forms, or is the content of the PHS398 document more what you’re looking for rather than the actual template?
  2. The Implementation Timeline in the Appendix appears to have all of the elements listed that we would ordinarily list on a timeline. This is a bit confusing. Are we supposed to use this timeline as it is shown in the FOA, or do we still develop our own, which would be very similar?
  3. From the FOA, Per #10: Number of Applications: “An institution may submit, or be part of, only a single application in response to this FOA.” We are planning to submit an application in response to this FOA. One of our researchers has been asked to collaborate with another institution for a small percentage of time which would require a subcontract to our institution. Would this level of collaboration constitute being part of another application and cause our application to be disqualified and thus not be reviewed?
  4. In past PRC grant applications, we were required to send in a copy of the current F&A rate agreement that was negotiated between the federal government and the university. Do we need to include a copy of the current F&A rate agreement for the PRC FOA grant application? If so, should it go in the Appendix, and if in the Appendix, does it count against the 50-page limit?
  5. As you are aware, per our letter of intent, we are in the process of partnering with the XX University on a PRC application. XX University is the lead agency and our institution will be a subcontractor with me serving as co-PI of the overall center. I was asked by my institution to verify that there are no eligibility issues as we are not yet an accredited school of Public Health. It is my understanding that this is not an issue as the lead applicant is an accredited school. I would appreciate your verification or clarification of this issue.
  6. On page 29 of the FOA, it states that SF424 R&R Version B must be followed. In section 5.7.1 of SF424 R&R Version B (and also on Version C), planned enrollment and inclusion enrollment forms are images, which are not fillable forms (image copied below). Also on page 28, the FOA asks applicants to complete a PHS 398 research plan. The most recent PHS 398 forms (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html) suggest using the attached forms for any applications due before September 25th, 2013, which are not the most up-to-date forms based on OMB approval date. Could you please clarify which form is most appropriate for this FOA?

Posted September 16, 2013

 

  1. A US Senator would like to provide a letter of support for our Center’s application. Do you know if there is a particular person and mailing address at CDC to which they can send the letter?
  2. Do biosketches count towards the appendix page limit?
  3. I just saw that the closing date had changed on the Grant Application Package. Does this mean that the grant is now due September 23, 2013? Or is the application still due September 16th?
  4. Since submitting our letter of intent, we have made a decision to change the contact PI for our application. Do we need to notify someone at CDC before submitting the grant that we made this change? Should we submit a revised letter of intent? We are going to explain this change in the narrative of the application, but wanted to make sure that there were not any other steps we should be taking to reflect this change.
  5. We have decided on a multiple-PI leadership model. This includes a total of three PIs. Is it allowable to have three PIs (with one of three as the official contact PI)?
  6. We received two application package updates today for RFA-DP-14-001. The first package had all new forms expiring in 2016, and the second package had the old forms expiring in 2011. Which package and forms are we supposed to use? In addition, when trying to export the R&R Subaward Budget Forms, the extraction process does not work for either package.
  7. FAQ number 129 states, "This question is regarding clarification of question 5 on the FAQ site. As noted below, it says it is further recommended that the separate budgets for the 2 components be included as an appendix. The budgets and justifications should clearly delineate staff and resources for each component (center or research project) so that detailed information is available for review for each component. Regarding the two separate budgets included in the appendices, if a new or renewal applicant completes and submits the CDC template available (http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/budgetguide.htm) for each component (center and project), is this considered sufficient to meet the RFA requirements of providing a budget and justification for each component? Or is the CDC template considered only a justification, in which case, should the applicants also provide a detailed budget table, and if so, is there a specific format or template that should be used for the budget table (e.g., Form pages 4 &5 of the PHS 398)?
  8. We are working on MOUs with the communities participating in the core research project, the state health department, and our university extension. Given the timeline from the FOA to the pending closing date, these partner organizations may need more time to finalize MOUs. Thus, we may not have these officially in place by 9/16/13. Is a letter of support with language of the pending MOU sufficient for these partners?
  9. The University of XX submitted an application to ACGME to obtain accreditation for a preventive medicine residency. The required sections we need to submit from this application (A & B) total five pages. Do these pages count towards the maximum total appendix page limit?
  10. The guidelines are clear that the cumulative budget should be on the R&R budget forms. However, the guidance and answers about the separate core detailed budgets that go into the appendix are unclear. The guidelines state, "Note: While both budget components are included in the SF424 (R&R) forms package, the CDC U48 uses ONLY the detailed Research & Related Budget," but then references the PHS 398 forms. The appendix of the guidelines also references the PHS 398 forms. In addition, the FAQs reference the PHS 398 forms. We prepared the separate core detailed budgets on the R&R budget forms and will include them as an attachment to the appendix. Is this acceptable?
  11. The question answers below seem contradictory. Question and Answer (Q&A) 74 and 75 seem to imply we only need a timeline for the research project, which is all the application notes for an example in Appendix E.
  12. X will be submitting an application for the RFA-DP-14-001, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers. We are planning to have the Principal Investigator of the X Prevention Research Center as a subcontract on our project. Will this be allowed?

Posted September 17, 2013

  1. Appendix D indicates that “each goal should be SMART....” This is the only place in the Guidance where it is suggested that goals be SMART. We understand that SMART objectives are needed. Is it the intent that all goals be SMART as well?
  2. Please state clearly which 398 forms need to be included in the appendix—I assume a face page, f2, f4, and f6 both for the research project and public health intervention. Are there any other 398 forms that need to be included?
  3. Can the research plan (divided between the core and the research project) be submitted as part of the SF424 application?
  4. What are the font and margin restrictions?
  5. Does the timeline fall under the 20-page limit for the work plan? Or is it considered separate?
  6. Are there any font size restrictions for either the work plan or the timeline?
  7. We would like to include two expert scientists as members of our scientific advisory board and consultants. They will be paid directly for their time, and no subcontract to their university will exist. If we hire them as independent consultants and pay them the honorarium directly, without any connection to their home institution, would this constitute a double application from their home university? Neither of them is involved in their own institution's PRC.
  8. The following are the comments entered by the Grantor Agency for the application package change: "Modified Application Instructions—Amendment II." Some of the changes made for this package require that you redownload the new application package from the following: Does this mean that I need to complete a new SF 424R&R application file?
  9. To what do the amounts of $21 million and $105 million refer in the FOA?
  10. Should we separate the prevention center cost justifications from the research project cost justifications?
  11. We are submitting a multi-PI application across two academic institutions. One institution is a CEPH-accredited school of public health or an accredited preventive medicine residency program in a school of medicine, and the other is a School of Medicine with a CEPH-accredited public health program. Can the contact PI be the School of Medicine with a CEPH-accredited public health program?
  12. Is it required to use the same form (2590 Form Page 2) for the first year budget (for both components)?
  13. Is a PHS2590 Face Page Form required with each individual budget?
  14. Are the budget justification files supposed to be attached as individual appendixes, or do we have to include them as part of the same PDF detailed budget files?
  15. If the center or research project have subcontracts, are we required to provide Year 1 SF424 R&R budgets for each subcontract as well? The concern is that the appendix page limit is 50 pages. Each SF424 R&R is 4 pages, as opposed to the PHS398 forms, where you would only use form page 4 for the Year 1 budget (i.e., 1 page total).
  16. The above referenced RFA states: “A work plan and implementation timeline should be included in the Appendix for each key element and the applied public health research project…. The work plan should not exceed 20 pages.” Does this 20-page limit include the implementation timeline? If not, then please advise on the page limit for the timeline.
  17. For our PRC application, for senior/key personnel, we have biosketches, and we describe the tasks for each in the budget justification. Must we also obtain from each a letter that repeats what is in the budget justification? We ask because in SF424 it suggests getting letters from senior/key personnel. We have never done that for other federal applications.

 

1. Are universities with CEPH-accredited public health programs eligible to apply for this FOA?

An institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

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2. I recently came across RFA-DP-14-001 and wanted confirmation regarding my institution's eligibility. I am housed inside a medical school with an accredited program in public health. Although our School of Medicine has an accredited program of public health, the medical school doesn't have a preventive medicine residency.

An institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a preventive medicine residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application.

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3. Is it correct that these can be new and separate from the current CDC-funded PRCs, (e.g., a new center can be proposed from XXXX as long as it is quite distinct and separate from xxxx’s PRC)?

This is a new and competitive FOA. The current FOA DP09-001 ends September 29, 2014. The FOA notes in Section II; Application Types Allowed: New—An application that is submitted for funding for the first time. The FOA outlines the following requirements—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number) may submit, or be part of, only a single application in response to this FOA. Multiple applications from different divisions, faculties, centers, schools, etc. of the same university, school of public health, medicine, or osteopathy will be returned without further consideration by CDC.

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4. In reviewing the eligibility criteria for this RFA, it appears we are ineligible for criterion #1 (i.e., we do not have a preventive medicine residency), and we may be ineligible for criterion #2 (as the RFA appears to limit eligibility to schools). Does CDC intend to limit applications to schools and exclude accredited programs?

An institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

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5. Because this is an electronic submission, and there is only one total summary budget page for each year for the submission, how would you like us to represent or attach the Core Component and the Research Component pieces? Do you want us to fill out 398 forms to represent them individually and attach them as an “Appendix”? Please clarify.

In Section IV. Application and Submission Information, 4. Required and Optional components, Supplemental instructions for preparing the SF242(R&R) for the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers: the FOA requires that “the funds requested and justification provided should be specific to the PRC center and the applied public health research activities. The total budget for the application should be reflected on the Face Page. A separate budget, prepared using CDC guidelines, is requested for 1) the center and 2) the proposed public health research project.” It is recommended that a cumulative budget (including both the center and the research project) be submitted by using the Research and Related Budget preparation instructions starting on Page I-74 of the 424 R&R Application Guide. And, it is further recommended that the separate budgets for the 2 components be included as an appendix. The budgets and justifications should clearly delineate staff and resources for each component (center or research project) so that detailed information is available for review for each component.

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6. Part A: Is this RFA intended to supplement current national CDC-funded PRCs, (i.e., with new applications)? Part B: In addition, can a new center be proposed from an institution that already has a PRC, as long as it is quite distinct and separate from an existing PRC?

Part A: This is not a supplement to the currently funded PRCs. It is a new and competitive FOA. The current FOA DP09:001 ends September 29, 2014.

Part B: The FOA outlines the following requirements—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number) may submit, or be part of, only a single application in response to this FOA. Multiple applications from different divisions, faculties, centers, schools, etc. of the same university, school of public health, medicine, or osteopathy will be returned without further consideration by CDC.

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7. I believe XXX would not be eligible to apply for a new PRC because they already have a CDC-funded PRC. However, it is my understanding that an accredited medical school with a preventive medicine residency,( e.g., XXX Medical School), which is a different entity with a different DUNS, would be eligible. Can you confirm that this is the case and, if so, which types or definitions of “preventive medicine” residencies would be eligible?

This is a new and competitive FOA. The current FOA DP09-001 ends September 29, 2014.

The FOA outlines the following requirements in Section III. Eligibility Information: Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a preventive medicine residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application.

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8. XXX is an accredited School of Medicine. The institution does not offer a preventive medical residency program, but we do offer a preventative medical fellowship. Can we be eligible for this grant.

An institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

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9. Part A: I am writing to inquire about the eligibility qualifications for RFA-DP-14-001. The announcement states that only schools of public health are eligible—is that still the case given the new realignment of schools and programs of public health through ASPPH? Part B: Second, what do you consider a public health residency program?

An institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

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10. Specifically, "preventing drug abuse and excessive alcohol abuse" is one of the seven priority areas of the National Prevention Strategy. My question is this, and I recognize the difficulty in answering it: All other things being equal, would a prescription drug abuse-focused PRC application (that is fully responsive to all other criteria) fit with the mission of the PRCs Program?

The topic of the research is up to the investigator, and the applicant must demonstrate how their research topic fits within the intent of the FOA. The FOA supports applied public health prevention research. The types of applied research approaches supported by this FOA include behavioral, environmental, or systems-wide solutions and strategies that address major causes of disease and disability. The research project should align with CDC’s winnable battles, the NCCDPHP strategic priorities, the NCCDPHP domains, or the National Prevention Strategy. In addition the research project should align with a Healthy People 2020 focus area, as described in the FOA. The applied public health research project should address an evidence gap in public health research in one of three broad categories: (1) dissemination and implementation research, (2) public health practice-based research, or (3) intervention research.

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11. The first Web session on July 31st is from 3 to 5pm (EDT), whereas the second one on August 1st seems to be an hour shorter from 3 to 4pm. Is one of these time ranges a misprint, or are they indeed different lengths (maybe in anticipation of more people being on the first call)?

Yes, it is a misprint, and the second time will be changed to 3 to 5pm when the FOA is officially amended.

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12. XXX School of Public Health already has a PRC. Would we be eligible to apply for another center in a different area? If not, is the XXX School of Medicine eligible to apply?

This is a new and competitive FOA. The current FOA DP09-001 ends September 29, 2014. The FOA outlines the following requirements in Section III. Eligibility Information: Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a preventive medicine residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application.

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13. We are a program, not a school, nor are we part of a medical school. However, we are CEPH-accredited, and a full-member of ASPH. On behalf of Public Health at XX, I would like to ask for your clarification as to whether we are eligible?

An institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

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14. A group of public health faculty members here at XXX University and XXXX Medical School are interested in applying for RFA-DP-14-001. The joint Public Health Program between XXX and XXXX is accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health. Please advise whether the XXXU/XXXXMS is eligible for the grant application.

An institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement: The FOA outlines the following requirements—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a preventive medicine residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application.

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15. The Letter of Intent asks for a descriptive title of the proposed research, but the examples given are one-word examples, such as cardiovascular, renal, etc. Is it sufficient then to say "obesity research?"

The title of the proposed research project should be as descriptive as possible and include the specific topic(s) in accordance with the purpose and priorities of the FOA. If the title does not include specific topic(s), then add the one word descriptors separately.

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16. There is no place in the proposal for a progress report for Centers that are already funded as there has been in the past. Should currently funded centers include a progress report somewhere (e.g., Appendix)?

The FOA does not require this information. However, you may include it if you think it adds to your application.

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17. There is no place in the proposal for inclusion of our Federally Negotiated IDC Agreement. Should that be included somewhere (e.g., Appendix)?

The FOA states in Section IV. Application and Submission Information; 2. Content and Form of Application Submission states, "It is critical that applicants follow the instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/url_redirect.htm?id=12000 [PDF–2.6M]External Web Site Icon), except where instructed in this Funding Opportunity Announcement to do otherwise.” In the 424 form, it indicates the following: “Indicate the most recent indirect cost rate(s) (also known as Facilities & Administrative Costs [F&A]) established with the cognizant federal office, or in the case of for-profit organizations, the rate(s) established with the appropriate agency. If you have a cognizant/oversight agency and are selected for an award, you must submit your indirect rate proposal to that office for approval. If you do not have a cognizant/oversight agency, contact the awarding agency."

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18. There is no place in the proposal to include a Center-level logic model. Would it be acceptable/appropriate to include the logic model in the Appendix with the work plan and implementation timeline?

The FOA does not require this information. However, you may include it if you think it adds to your application.

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19. On page 26, the FOA states that the "principal investigator (on behalf of the applicant institution) must provide documentation of an overall match between the proposed Prevention Research Center, as described in the applicant’s Project Summary, and the research aims of this FOA…." What sort of documentation is required? Is this saying that the statement needs to be explicit in the Project Summary, or that there needs to be documentation included elsewhere in the proposal?

It is up to the applicant to determine the documentation needed and where to place it within the application.

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20. Page 26 of the guidelines for RFA-DP-14-001 calls for a detailed budget for the Center and a detailed budget for the proposed public health research project. How can I do this in an electronic submission? Would I put the detailed budget for the research project in the subcontract module?

In Section IV. Application and Submission Information, 4. Required and Optional Components, Supplemental instructions for preparing the SF424 (R&R) for the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers, the FOA requires that "the funds requested and justification provided should be specific to the PRC center and the applied public health research activities. The total budget for the application should be reflected on the Face Page. A separate budget, prepared using CDC guidelines, is requested for 1) the center and 2) the proposed public health research project." It is recommended that a cumulative budget (including both the center and the research project) be submitted by using the Research and Related Budget preparation instructions starting on Page I-74 of the 424 R&R Application Guide. And, it is further recommended that the separate budgets for the 2 components be included as an appendix. The budgets and justifications should clearly delineate staff and resources for each component (center or research project) so that detailed information is available for review for each component.

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21. We have a CEPH-accredited MPH Program within the XXX School of Medicine, although we are not a school of public health. My understanding is that schools of medicine may apply if they have a Preventive Medicine residency training program. We partner with the Preventive Medicine residency administratively housed within the X Department of Public Health (XXXX). That is, faculty and staff from both institutions serve on committees, conduct research, and teach within both programs. Indeed, the first year of the residency is at XXX, where residents obtain their MPH and work with faculty from XXX and XXXX. Please let us know as soon as possible whether our institution (XXX School of Medicine) would be considered eligible.

An institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement. The FOA outlines the following requirements—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a preventive medicine residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application.

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22. Where should we attach the 398 pages? Do we attach them as part of the budget justification narrative, or do we attach it as an "Appendix"?

In Section IV; Application and Submission Information; 5. PHS 398 Research Plan Component
The SF424 (R&R) Application Guide includes instructions for applicants to complete a PHS 398 Research Plan that consists of 16 components. Not all 16 components of the Research Plan apply to all Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs).

In Section IV; Application and Submission Information; 4. Required and Optional Components; Supplemental instructions for preparing the SF424 (R&R) for the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers, the FOA requires that “the funds requested and justification provided should be specific to the PRC center and the applied public health research activities. The total budget for the application should be reflected on the Face Page. A separate budget, prepared using CDC guidelines, is requested for 1) the center and 2) the proposed public health research project.” It is recommended that a cumulative budget (including both the center and the research project) be submitted by using the Research and Related Budget preparation instructions starting on Page I-74 of the 424 R&R Application Guide. And, it is further recommended that the separate budgets for the 2 components be included as an appendix. The budgets and justifications should clearly delineate staff and resources for each component (center or research project) so that detailed information is available for review for each component.

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23. I did not see in this FOA, 2014-2019, that a Progress Report is included. Is that correct?

The FOA does not require this information. However, you may include it if you think it adds to your application.

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24. Appendix C in the FOA states that the Core Budget and Research Budget should be separate. However, there is no place in the online application package to upload two separate budgets, (and the header on the Appendix says that it’s for continuations or progress reports). Can you please clarify whether the budget should be consolidated or separate, (and if separate, how we should upload it)?

In Section IV. Application and Submission Information; 4. Required and Optional Components; Supplemental instructions for preparing the SF424 (R&R) for the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers, the FOA requires that "the funds requested and justification provided should be specific to the PRC center and the applied public health research activities. The total budget for the application should be reflected on the Face Page. A separate budget, prepared using CDC guidelines, is requested for 1) the center and 2) the proposed public health research project." It is recommended that a cumulative budget (including both the center and the research project) be submitted by using the Research and Related Budget preparation instructions starting on Page I-74 of the 424 R&R Application Guide. And, it is further recommended that the separate budgets for the 2 components be included as an appendix. The budgets and justifications should clearly delineate staff and resources for each component (center or research project) so that detailed information is available for review for each component.

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25. Does the definition of “Preventive Medicine Residency” include all four of the specialty areas of training (i.e., 1. General Preventive Medicine; 2. Occupational Medicine; 3. Aerospace Medicine; and 4. Hyperbaric Medicine), or just No. 1. General Preventive Medicine Residency?

Yes, and an institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a preventive medicine residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application.

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26. We are an institution within a University that seeks proactive approaches for prevention and early diagnosis of noncommunicable diseases. We conduct multidisciplinary and high-tech (engineering, sciences, biology, and social sciences) research and training on noncommunicable disease prevention strategies; do collaborative research with physicians or clinicians from medical schools; but do not practice medicine like medical schools do.

An institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a preventive medicine residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application.

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27. Do you have a sample that I can use as a template for completing an application, as the standard "Aims, Background, Innovation, and Approach" headings do not really work for this FOA. Perhaps there is some guidance on how this will differ from a standard 424 submission?

In Part 1. Overview Information; Required Application Instructions, the FOA indicates that an institution “must follow the instructions in the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide [PDF - 2.58Mb]External Web Site Icon except where instructed to do otherwise in this FOA.” The Research Strategy component of the Research Plan narrative is limited to a total of 25 pages; 10 pages should be used to address the center core key elements and 15 pages to address the applied public health prevention research project. (See Section 5.5 of the SF 424 [R&R] Application Guide for components of the Research Plan.)

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28. Do CEPH-accredited programs of public health meet the eligibility requirement to apply for the current PRC RFA?

An institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a preventive medicine residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application.

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29. We have an accredited MPH program, are not in a School of Public Health, and are part of the X School of Medicine. To the best of my knowledge, our department (Preventive Medicine) does not have a preventive medicine residency program. Are we eligible?

An institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a preventive medicine residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application.

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30. Does the applied public health prevention research project need to fit entirely in one of the three categories listed in the FOA, or could it have components that fit in two or more categories?

The topic of the research is up to the investigator, and the applicant must demonstrate how their research topic fits within the intent of the FOA. The FOA supports applied public health prevention research. The types of applied research approaches supported by this FOA include behavioral, environmental, or systems-wide solutions and strategies that address major causes of disease and disability. The research project should align with CDC’s winnable battles, the NCCDPHP strategic priorities, the NCCDPHP domains, or the National Prevention Strategy. In addition, the research project should align with a Healthy People 2020 focus area, as described in the FOA. The applied public health research project should address an evidence gap in public health research mainly in one of three broad categories: (1) dissemination and implementation research; (2) public health practice-based research; or (3) intervention research. However, it is possible that some components may address the other areas.

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31. Would a successful program that affected behaviors and systems in a large RCT meet the definition of an “evidence-based program” for option #1, Dissemination and Implementation of evidence-based strategies?

The topic of the research is up to the investigator, and the applicant must demonstrate how their research topic fits within the intent of the FOA. The FOA supports applied public health prevention research. The types of applied research approaches supported by this FOA include behavioral, environmental, or systems-wide solutions and strategies that address major causes of disease and disability. The research project should align with CDC’s winnable battles, the NCCDPHP strategic priorities, the NCCDPHP domains, or the National Prevention Strategy. In addition, the research project should align with a Healthy People 2020 focus area, as described in the FOA. The applied public health research project should address an evidence gap in public health research in one of three broad categories: (1) dissemination and implementation research; (2) public health practice-based research; or (3) intervention research.

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32. Would the study of a program based on evidence-based strategies (e.g., a strongly recommended approach in the community guide) meet the definition of an “evidence-based program” for option #1, Dissemination and Implementation of evidence-based strategies, even if the exact intervention had not been previously evaluated?

The topic of the research is up to the investigator, and the applicant must demonstrate how their research topic fits within the intent of the FOA. The FOA supports applied public health prevention research. The types of applied research approaches supported by this FOA include behavioral, environmental, or systems-wide solutions and strategies that address major causes of disease and disability. The research project should align with CDC’s winnable battles, the NCCDPHP strategic priorities, the NCCDPHP domains, or the National Prevention Strategy. In addition, the research project should align with a Healthy People 2020 focus area, as described in the FOA. The applied public health research project should address an evidence gap in public health research in one of three broad categories: (1) dissemination and implementation research; (2) public health practice-based research; or (3) intervention research.

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33. Our Health Sciences program is accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Are we eligible to apply?

An institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a preventive medicine residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application.

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34. Would the 2 budgets for the center and one for the research project be combined in the detailed budget forms and then separated in the budget justification, using the CDC budget guidelines?

In Section IV. Application and Submission Information, 4. Required and Optional components, Supplemental instructions for preparing the SF242(R&R) for the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers: the FOA requires “the funds requested and justification provided should be specific to the PRC center and the applied public health research activities. The total budget for the application should be reflected on the Face Page. A separate budget, prepared using CDC guidelines, is requested for 1) the center and 2) the proposed public health research project.” It is recommended that a cumulative budget (including both the center and the research project) be submitted by using the Research and Related Budget preparation instructions starting on Page I-74 of the 424 R&R Application Guide. In addition, it is further recommended that the separate budgets for the 2 components be included as an appendix. The budgets and justifications should clearly delineate staff and resources for each component (center or research project) so that detailed information is available for review for each component.

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35. Are the specific aims counted as part of the 25-page limit? On page 33 (item #7), the FOA states that only the research strategy is part of the 25 pages. Because the research strategy includes only significance, innovation, and approach (per page 27, item #5), we are wondering if the specific aims are in addition to the 25 pages?

The specific aims are not counted as part of the 25-page limit. In the FOA Section IV. Application and Submission Information; 5. PHS 398 Research Plan Component; the Specific Aims are number 2. The SF 424 specifies page limits for the specific aims.

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36. We planned to have one set of specific aims for the overall proposal, and another set specifically for the research project portion of the proposal. If the specific aims are not counted toward the 25 pages, may we have two sets of specific aims?

The specific aims are not counted as part of the 25-page limit. The FOA does not specify the number of specific aims. The SF 424 specifies page limits for the specific aims.

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37. May we include in the budget light refreshments for the quarterly meetings of our PRC's Community Advisory Board? This would be less than $500 per meeting, for a total of less than $2,000 per year.

In Section VI. Award Administration Information; 3. Additional Policy Requirements; the first policy requirement is related to food http://www.hhs.gov/asfr/ogapa/acquisition/appfundspol_att2.htmlExternal Web Site Icon. Any requests that include food will be subject to the policy requirements.

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38. Are the letters of support counted against the page limit of the appendix? (We are pretty sure the answer is no, but we wanted to confirm.)

In Section IV. Application and Submission Information; 5. PHS 398 Research Plan Component; the FOA states: "The signed MOU, MOA, or letters of support can be included under Section 14: Letters of Support section of the research plan and do not count towards the page limit of the application."

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39. Is there a specific place where we should report on our current PRC core research project, or should we make our best determination about where to describe that work?

The FOA does not require this information. However you may include it if you think it adds to your application.

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40. Do you yet know when the 2014 SIP FOA will be published?

CDC is working on the 2014 SIP announcement.

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41. Will the same reviewers review our full proposal, or will one group review the center components and another group review the research components?

The FOA outlines the structure as one application, which is reviewed as a whole by assigned reviewers.

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42. Would you like us to submit a consolidated budget, or just the two separate budgets (center and research)?

In Section IV. Application and Submission Information, 4. Required and Optional Components, Supplemental instructions for preparing the SF424 (R&R) for the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers: the FOA requires "the funds requested and justification provided should be specific to the PRC center and the applied public health research activities. The total budget for the application should be reflected on the Face Page. A separate budget, prepared using CDC guidelines, is requested for 1) the center and 2) the proposed public health research project." It is recommended that a cumulative budget (including both the center and the research project) be submitted by using the Research and Related Budget preparation instructions starting on Page I-74 of the 424 R&R Application Guide. And, it is further recommended that the separate budgets for the 2 components be included as an appendix. The budgets and justifications should clearly delineate staff and resources for each component (center or research project) so that detailed information is available for review for each component.

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43. May our research budget be more than 50% of the total budget?

In Section I. Funding Opportunity Announcement Description; Applied Public Health Prevention Research Project the FOA states: "The FOA will support one applied public health prevention research project. The PRC should allocate at least 50% funding (direct and indirect) provided through this FOA to support the design, development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of one applied public health prevention research project."

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44. On page 14, the FOA states: "The PRCs should develop a 5-year center-wide integrated research agenda." Please clarify what this means. Is this our research work plan? Does "center-wide" indicate that it's broader than just the work we conduct with funding from the CDC PRC Program? Is this a specific document that we need to include in the proposal?

The center-wide integrated research agenda is broader than the research work plan. However, the FOA does not specify what is required. It is up to the applicant to determine how best to address this.

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45. Where in the proposal should we state whether we are complying with the two optional policies related to tobacco and nutrition (FOA, page 48)? In addition, are we stating compliance for our PRC or for our university as a whole?

In Section VI. Award Administration Information; 2. CDC Administrative Requirements; the FOA states, "Awardees must comply with the administrative requirements (AR) outlined in 45 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 74 or Part 92, as appropriate, as well as any additional requirements included in the FOA." The FOA does not specify a specific location in the application for this information.

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46. Is it feasible for X University to be considered eligible to respond to this announcement as the submitting organization if we have confirmed the partnership with an accredited institution of public health and also an accredited school of medicine?

An institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement: The FOA outlines the following requirements—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a preventive medicine residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application.

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47. Is our CEPH-accredited public health program or our medical school at the University of X at X eligible for this RFA?

An institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement: The FOA outlines the following requirements—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a preventive medicine residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application.

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48. Can you please expound on what you mean by "environmental systems" in outcome measure #2: Increased changes to environmental systems?

In the FOA—Section I. Funding Opportunity Announcement Description; Background and Purpose; the sentence was truncated to read "environmental systems." The FOA will be amended to reflect the following change in this phrase, "environmental systems," on p. 11, #2; p. 14, #2; p. 16 #2; p. 31 Under Evaluation A; and p. 38 Last bullet under For the Center to "environmental and systems-wide solution and strategies to address public health problems."

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49. Do we need or have to develop SMART objectives for the core research project or only for the center activities? (It does not seem to make sense for the research project, the 1-year window for a 5-year research project.)

In the FOA; Appendix D; Guidelines for the Development of PRC Work Plan; Work Plan Requirements, it states: "The work plan should reflect the center key elements of: infrastructure and administration; community engagement, partnerships, and technical assistance; communication and dissemination; training; and evaluation; and the applied public health prevention research project as listed in the Funding Opportunity Announcement." The requirements for the research section relate to the Applied Public Health Prevention Research Project. The work plan should not exceed 20 pages.

For each of the 5 elements of the Center (i.e., infrastructure and administration; community engagement, partnerships, and technical assistance; communication and dissemination; training; evaluation), and for the Research Project, provide the following:

  • The 5-year project period goal (up to 3 goals per section).
  • Long-term impact or outcome of the project period goal.
  • Long-term measure of success.
  • SMART Annual Objectives for the next budget period.

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50. Is there one summary or abstract for the entire application, or one for the 10-page core application and another for the 15-page research project?

In Part 1. Overview Information; Required Application Instructions, the FOA indicates that an institution "must follow the instructions in the SF 424 (R&R) Application GuideExternal Web Site Icon except where instructed to do otherwise in this FOA." Your Project Summary serves as a succinct and accurate description of the proposed application, including both the center and core research project and should be no longer than 30 lines of text.

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51. Should the 10 pages and the 15 pages be merged into one document for submission?

In Part 1. Overview Information; Required Application Instructions, the FOA indicates that an institution "must follow the instructions in the SF 424 (R&R) Application GuideExternal Web Site Icon except where instructed to do otherwise in this FOA." The Research Strategy component of the Research Plan narrative is limited to a total of 25 pages, 10 pages to address the center application content and 15 pages to address the applied public health prevention research project.

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52. Should we submit a name for the center proposal and a name for the research project proposal, or just a name for the research project?

The title of the proposed research project should be as descriptive as possible and include the specific topic(s) in accordance with the purpose and priorities of the FOA. If the title does not include specific topic(s), then add the one word descriptors separately. It is suggested that the award title have a different name.

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53. Do we need to fill out human subjects, inclusion, and target enrollment documents for the training, evaluation, community engagement, communications, and infrastructure sections, or just one form for the entire proposal?

An applicant should fill out those documents for the research project, if it involves human subjects, and those documents for the core, where applicable.

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54. We have an accredited MPH program, but the program is not contained within a School of Public Health. We are part of the XX School of Medicine. To the best of my knowledge, our department, Preventive Medicine, does not have a preventive medicine residency program. Are we eligible to apply?

An institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a preventive medicine residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application.

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55. I have a congressman who would like to address the letter of support directly to someone at CDC. Can you provide a contact name and address for this purpose? (They will send the letter to us; they just need a name and contact person to whom the letter can be addressed.)

The letter should be addressed to the Scientific/Research Contact, Michael A. Brown, MPH, Extramural Research Program Operations and Services. The letter should be submitted with the application to be considered part of the official application.

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56. Page 14 of the FOA lists what the PRC infrastructure or administration should be able to do. Do we need to document a 5-year research agenda in the infrastructure section, or just show we have the infrastructure to carry it out and outline our research in the applied research section?

The center-wide integrated research agenda is broader than the research work plan. However, the FOA does not specify what is required. It is up to the applicant to determine how best to address this.

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57. Are applicants better advised to focus on one winnable battle, or alternatively, the risk factors in common underlying two to three winnable battles, (e.g., smoking, teen pregnancy, STIs/HIV)?

The FOA does not specify in Section I. Funding Opportunity Announcement Description which agency priorities on which to focus. It states the following: This FOA aligns with the following agency priorities:

  1. CDC's winnable battles, which cover health topics of HIV, motor vehicle injuries, nutrition, physical activity and obesity, teen pregnancy, and tobacco.
  2. The NCCDPHP strategic priorities of well-being, health equity, research translation, development, evaluation and dissemination of environmental and systems-wide solutions and strategies to address public health problems, and workforce development to support applied prevention research to develop sustainable and transferable community-based interventions.
  3. The NCCDPHP domains of epidemiology and surveillance, environmental approaches that promote health and support and reinforce healthful behaviors, health system interventions to improve the effective delivery and use of clinical and other preventive services, and strategies to improve community-clinical linkages.
  4. The National Prevention Strategy.

In addition, this FOA will align and contribute to the health promotion and disease prevention objectives of the following Healthy People 2020 focus areas, including adolescent health, cancer, dementia (including Alzheimer's), diabetes, educational and community based programs, health-related quality of life and well-being, hearing, heart disease and stroke, HIV, nutrition and weight status, older adults, physical activity, sexually transmitted diseases, sleep, social determinants of health, tobacco use, and vision.

It is up to the applicant to describe how the application addresses the priorities.

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58. Does the cap on the amount of funding allocated to training include the time of a faculty member who would lead that Core? Or does that cap apply only to the amount that can be allocated for implementing trainings?

Faculty salaries are not included in the cap on the amount of funding allocated to training. Large scale public health training programs requiring more than the 5% of total approved PRC budget will not be supported though this FOA.

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59. There does not seem to be any place to discuss the work plan(s) in the points specified in the announcement for the 10-page Core Center proposal. How should it be addressed?

In the FOA; Appendix D; Guidelines for the Development of PRC Work Plan; Work Plan Requirements, it states: The work plan should reflect the center key elements of: infrastructure and administration; community engagement, partnerships, and technical assistance; communication and dissemination; training; and evaluation; and the applied public health prevention research project, as listed in the Funding Opportunity Announcement. The requirements for the research section relate to the Applied Public Health Prevention Research Project. A work plan and implementation timeline should be included in the Appendix for each key element and the applied public health research project. Additional information regarding the work plan is included in Appendix D and the timeline in Appendix E. The work plan should not exceed 20 pages.

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60. Are the budget forms, which are to be included as an appendix, part of the 50-page limit on the appendices?

Yes.

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61. Does occupational medicine, a subspecialty of preventive medicine, meet the residency requirement?

An institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a preventive medicine residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application.

62. The guidance document states that intervention research will be funded only to address an evidence gap in the efficacy or effectiveness of health promotion or disease prevention strategies for a particular group or community, OR fills a major evidence gap identified in each review found in the Guide for Community Preventive Services. The rest of that section focuses heavily on the CPS. Does that mean that if we are looking at an intervention research project that does not address a CPS topic area, we will not be compliant with the intent of this domain?

As noted in the FOA, Section I. Funding Opportunity Announcement Description; 2. Approach; 3. Intervention research that addresses a clear gap in the evidence of the efficacy or effectiveness of health promotion or disease prevention strategies for a particular group (e.g., racial or ethnic), community (e.g., rural), or fills a major evidence gap identified in each review found in the Guide to Community Preventive Services, or as outlined in the 2012 or 2013 Community Preventive Services Task Force Annual Report to Congress.

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63. What is the Web address where the slides and text of the presentation are located?

The slides and text are posted here: http://www.cdc.gov/prc/newsroom/foa-dp14-001.htm.

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64. Regarding Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers FOA (CFDA 93.135), must the applicant have a residency program? Under the "Eligible Organization" section, the FOA states that accredited schools of public health are eligible, with no mention that those schools must have a residency program. Could you clarify this for me?

An institution must meet one of the two requirements as outlined in the FOA to be eligible for this cooperative agreement—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a preventive medicine residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application.

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65. Will the merit review scores (from the peer review in November) be available through eRA Commons a few days after the review (similar to NIH study section reviews)?

Yes.

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66. We are considering an application in response to this RFA but would like to assess CDC's interest in our topic. We have a strong existing infrastructure for community engagement and partnerships for this line of work.

The topic of the research is up to the investigator, and the applicant must demonstrate how their research topic fits within the intent of the FOA. The FOA supports applied public health prevention research. The types of applied research approaches supported by this FOA include behavioral, environmental, or systems-wide solutions and strategies that address major causes of disease and disability. The research project should align with CDC's winnable battles, the NCCDPHP strategic priorities, the NCCDPHP domains, or the National Prevention Strategy. In addition, the research project should align with a Healthy People 2020 focus area, as described in the FOA. The applied public health research project should address an evidence gap in public health research in one of three broad categories: (1) dissemination and implementation research; (2) public health practice-based research; or (3) intervention research.

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67. During the call-in, the answer was yes, that general preventive medicine, occupational medicine, hyperbaric medicine, and aerospace medicine, as ACGME accredited Preventive Medicine Programs, are included in the Preventive Medicine Residency requirement in the grant. Please correct me if that is not correct.

That is correct. An institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a preventive medicine residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application.

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68. Is the only required committee a Community Committee? Or should there also be an internal/external Advisory Committee?

The applicant should include a description of a community committee(s) including the composition, role, and structure, and a plan for obtaining community input into PRC activities. The number and types of committees is up to the investigator, and the applicant must demonstrate how their committee(s) fit within the intent of the FOA.

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69. Can the Training PI salary be part of the core budget? In other words, can the training 5% contain just the costs related to putting together the actual training, which would include non-investigator labor costs, materials, meeting costs, etc?

Faculty salaries are not included in the cap on the amount of funding allocated to training. Large-scale public health training programs requiring more than the 5% of total approved PRC budget will not be supported though this FOA.

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70. For travel, how many trips should be budgeted for PI(s) to attend PRC meetings?

Section VI. Award Administration Information; 4. Cooperative Agreement Terms and Conditions of Award; The PD(s)/PI(s) will have the primary responsibility for: Demonstrating evidence within the text and budget of financial support for the PD/PI and other appropriate PRC faculty and staff, and community members to participate in semiannual grantee and directors' meetings.

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71. For travel, how many trips should be budgeted for the lead investigator on the sub-project?

Section VI. Award Administration Information; 4. Cooperative Agreement Terms and Conditions of Award; The PD(s)/PI(s) will have the primary responsibility for: Demonstrating evidence within the text and budget of financial support for the PD/PI and other appropriate PRC faculty and staff, and community members to participate in semiannual grantee and directors' meetings.

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72. Can the list of ongoing prevention projects and activities be submitted as an appendix?

The FOA does not require this information. However, it may be included if it adds to your application.

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73. Approximately how many projects should be listed to be sufficient to address the breadth of work we are doing?

The FOA does not specify. It is up to the applicant to determine the documentation needed.

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74. Are you asking for a timeline for each of the goals listed in the six separate sections (infrastructure, community engagement, training, etc.)? With up to three goals for each area, this would translate to as many as 18 separate timelines.

Within the work plan, there should be completion dates associated with SMART objectives and annual activities (Appendix D). An implementation timeline (Appendix E) is expected for the applied public health research project.

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75. Because the work plan template asks for a completion date for the activities, we are not clear how Appendix E would be differentiated from the work plan.

Within the work plan, there should be completion dates associated with SMART objectives and annual activities (Appendix D). An implementation timeline (Appendix E) is expected for the applied public health research project.

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76. What is the smallest allowable font for an appendix?

In Part 1. Overview Information; Required Application Instructions, the FOA indicates that an institution "must follow the instructions in the SF 424 (R&R) Application GuideExternal Web Site Icon except where instructed to do otherwise in this FOA." See for example, Part 1. INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREPARING AND SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION; 2. Process for Application Submission via Grants.gov; 2.6 Format Specifications for Text (PDF) Attachments.

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77. In Appendix D, the work plan requires "SMART Annual Objectives for the next budget period." Does this mean the annual objectives in the work plan should only cover year one of the grant?

Yes, that is correct.

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78. Is health services considered part of public health practice?

The FOA defines public health practice as the strategic, organized, interdisciplinary application of knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to perform public health services and other activities to improve the health of populations (see Appendix A in the FOA). The research project should align with CDC's winnable battles, the NCCDPHP strategic priorities, the NCCDPHP domains, or the National Prevention Strategy. The four NCCDPHP domains include the following: epidemiology and surveillance, environmental approaches, health systems interventions, and community-clinical linkages (see Appendix B in the FOA).

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79. Where will answers sent to PRCFOA@cdc.gov be posted?

Frequently Asked Questions about this FOA are posted at http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/about/foa.htm and are updated frequently. Please check the Web site for updates. Frequently Asked Questions about this FOA will be posted on Grants.gov. as an amendment to this FOA prior to the application receipt date.

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80. Is the specific aims page included within the 25-page limit, or can that be a separate page?

The specific aims are not counted as part of the 25-page limit. In the FOA Section IV. Application and Submission Information; 5. PHS 398 Research Plan Component; the Specific Aims are number 2. The SF 424 specifies page limits for the specific aims.

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81. For the separate budgets, do we need to provide all of the PHS 398 pages for each of the subcontracts within each of the components (i.e., face page, plus form pages 4, 5, and 6 = 4 pages per subcontract per component—we anticipate this will take up 20+ pages of our appendix)? Can you recommend an alternative but acceptable format for providing the separate budget details?

A separate budget, prepared using CDC guidelines, is requested for (1) the center and (2) the proposed public health research project. It is recommended that a cumulative budget, (including both the center and the research project), be submitted by using the Research and Related Budget preparation instructions starting on Page I-74 of the 424 R&R Application Guide. And, it is further recommended that the separate budgets for the 2 components be included as an appendix. The budgets and justifications should clearly delineate staff and resources for each component (center or research project) so that detailed information is available for review for each component. If you need additional information, the FOA Section VII. Agency Contacts, provides information for technical support for application submission questions.

Application Submission Contacts
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(Questions about Grants.gov registration and submission, downloading, or navigating forms)
Contact Center Phone: 800-518-4726
E-mail: support@grants.gov
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; closed on federal holidays

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(Questions about eRA Commons registration, tracking application status, post submission issues, FFR submission)
Phone: 301-402-7469 or 866-504-9552 (Toll Free)
TTY: 301-451-5939
E-mail: commons@od.nih.gov
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7am-8pm US Eastern Time

CDC Technical Information Management Section (TIMS)
Procurement and Grants Office
Phone: 770-488-2700
E-mail: PGOTIM@cdc.gov
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7am-4:30pm US Eastern Standard Time

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82. XU is an accredited school of medicine. X hospital has an active and accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program. We are submitting documents together to ACGME to make this a joint PM program. It will have a codirector from both organizations. The documents are due to ACGME in September, and we will be prepared to submit them with our PRC application, if it is necessary to verify our eligibility. Are we qualified to apply?

The applicant institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a preventive medicine residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application.

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83. The FOA states that no more than 5% of the total budget should be directed to training. If the proposed public health project includes the implementation of a curriculum, are we correct in assuming that this intervention is not limited by the 5 % cap?

Training is one component of the Center Core. Large-scale public health training programs requiring more than the 5% of total approved PRC budget will not be supported though this FOA.

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84. If we have been doing a project for the past 5 years, could we apply for funds that would continue support of this project?

The applied public health research project should address one of three broad categories: (1) dissemination and implementation research, (2) public health practice based research, or (3) intervention research that addresses a clear gap in the evidence of the efficacy or effectiveness of health promotion or disease prevention strategies. Etiologic research will not be supported as the core research project. The topic of the research is up to the investigator, and the applicant must demonstrate how their research topic fits within the intent of the FOA. The FOA supports applied public health prevention research. The types of applied research approaches supported by this FOA include behavioral, environmental, or systems-wide solutions and strategies that address major causes of disease and disability. The research project should align with CDC's winnable battles, the NCCDPHP strategic priorities, the NCCDPHP domains, or the National Prevention Strategy. In addition, the research project should align with a Healthy People 2020 focus area, as described in the FOA. The applied public health research project should address an evidence gap in public health research in one of three broad categories: (1) dissemination and implementation research, (2) public health practice-based research, or (3) intervention research.

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85. We are an accredited Public Health Program, not a school, and we do not have a residency training in public health program, but we do have a required practicum for all students. Are we eligible to apply?

An institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

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86. In reading the FOA, we have not observed any language or requirements related to the National Community Committee; is this correct?

The National Community Committee is not included in the FOA.

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87. Were either of the informational webinars recorded? Are the slides used for the webinars available?

The web address for the PRC FOA slides and text is http://www.cdc.gov/prc/newsroom/foa-dp14-001.htm.

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88. Can existing PRCs apply for DP-14-001, or is it only for the development of new centers?

Yes. This is a new and competitive FOA. The current FOA DP09-001 ends September 29, 2014.

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89. I missed the technical assistance webinar. Are slides or other information available?

The web address for the PRC FOA slides and text is http://www.cdc.gov/prc/newsroom/foa-dp14-001.htm.

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90. Our group is looking at several issues involving occupational health as a possible primary research project for the HPDPRC grant. Occupational health is a topic area in Healthy People 2020, and workplace injury prevention is part of the National Prevention Strategy. However, it is not one of the specific HP 2020 topics listed in the grant guidance, page 10. It is not clear whether topics must be strictly limited to that list. Given the above, is occupational health/safety acceptable as a primary research project for the grant?

The topic of the research is up to the investigator, and the applicant must demonstrate how their research topic fits within the intent of the FOA. The FOA supports applied public health prevention research. In Section I. Funding Opportunity Announcement Description; The FOA states 1. Background and Purpose; Purpose: This FOA will support a network of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers (PRCs) to conduct applied public health prevention research approaches for behavioral interventions, environmental, or systems-wide solutions and strategies that address major causes of disease and disability. Research activities should focus on addressing underserved, minority, and other populations with diseases, health hazards, and risk factors, which are most amenable for health promotion and disease prevention interventions. In 2. Approach. In addition, funding for this FOA should support one applied public health research project in one of three broad categories to address an evidence gap in applied public health prevention research. The three categories are (1) dissemination and implementation research, (2) public health practice-based research, or (3) intervention research.

In Statutory Authority: This FOA aligns with the following Agency priorities:

  1. CDC's winnable battles, which cover health topics of HIV, motor vehicle injuries, nutrition, physical activity, obesity, teen pregnancy, and tobacco.
  2. The NCCDPHP strategic priorities of well-being, health equity, research translation, development, evaluation and dissemination of environmental and systems-wide solutions and strategies to address public health problems, and workforce development to support applied prevention research to develop sustainable and transferable community-based interventions.
  3. The NCCDPHP domains of epidemiology and surveillance, environmental approaches that promote health and support and reinforce healthful behaviors, health system interventions to improve the effective delivery and use of clinical and other preventive services, and strategies to improve community-clinical linkages.
  4. The National Prevention Strategy.

In addition, this FOA will align and contribute to the health promotion and disease prevention objectives of the following Healthy People 2020 focus areas, including adolescent health, cancer, dementia (including Alzheimer's), diabetes, educational and community-based programs, health-related quality of life and well-being, hearing, heart disease and stroke, HIV, nutrition and weight status, older adults, physical activity, sexually transmitted diseases, sleep, social determinants of health, tobacco use, and vision.

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91. This question is about the requirement to put the budget and justification for both the Center and Research component of the proposal in the appendices. Are we expected to put the entire 5 years into the appendices, or can we just put the first year?

In Section IV. Application and Submission Information, 4. Required and Optional components, Supplemental instructions for preparing the SF424(R&R) for the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers: the FOA requires "the funds requested and justification provided should be specific to the PRC center and the applied public health research activities. The total budget for the application should be reflected on the Face Page. A separate budget, prepared using CDC guidelines, is requested for 1) the center and 2) the proposed public health research project." It is recommended that a cumulative budget (including both the center and the research project) be submitted by using the Research and Related Budget preparation instructions starting on Page I-74 of the 424 R&R Application Guide. And, it is further recommended that the separate budgets for the 2 components be included as an appendix. The budgets and justifications should clearly delineate staff and resources for each component (center or research project) so that detailed information is available for review for each component.

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92. We do not have a preventive medicine residency here. We are submitting one, but do have community health and family medicine. Does that count? I see two different things written, where one place says it can be submitted by either a school of public health or school of medicine, and another place that says it must have both. Please advise?

An institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a preventive medicine residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application.

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93. Can we partner with a medical school in another state that has a Preventive Medicine Residency program?

An institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

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94. I just wanted to clarify that the "Specific Aims" page is NOT counted in the 25-page limit.

The specific aims are not counted as part of the 25-page limit. In the FOA Section IV. Application and Submission Information; 5. PHS 398 Research Plan Component; the Specific Aims are number 2. The SF 424 specifies page limits for the specific aims.

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95. What is the resource sharing section meant to address?

In Section V. Application Review Information, the FOA states "As applicable for the project proposed, reviewers will consider each of the following items, but will not give scores for these items, and should not consider them in providing an overall impact/priority score. 3. Resource Sharing Plans HHS/CDC policy requires that recipients of grant awards soliciting proposals for individual research projects of $500,000 or more in total (direct and indirect) costs per year make research resources and data readily available for research purposes to qualified individuals within the scientific community after publication. Please see the NIH Statement on Sharing Research Data at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-03-032.htmlExternal Web Site Icon. Investigators responding to this funding opportunity should include a plan on sharing research resources and data."

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96. Does the budget justification included in the appendices need to include all five years or is year one adequate?

In Section IV. Application and Submission Information, 4. Required and Optional components, Supplemental instructions for preparing the SF424(R&R) for the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers: the FOA requires that "the funds requested and justification provided should be specific to the PRC center and the applied public health research activities. The total budget for the application should be reflected on the Face Page. A separate budget, prepared using CDC guidelines, is requested for 1) the center and 2) the proposed public health research project." It is recommended that a cumulative budget (including both the center and the research project) be submitted by using the Research and Related Budget preparation instructions starting on Page I-74 of the 424 R&R Application Guide. And, it is further recommended that the separate budgets for the 2 components be included as an appendix. The budgets and justifications should clearly delineate staff and resources for each component (center or research project) so that detailed information is available for review for each component.

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97. We are a nonprofit research institution affiliated with an accredited school of public health. Can our institution meet the eligibility requirement through our affiliation?

An institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

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98. Our medical school does not have a Preventive Medicine Residency. Can we partner with another medical school with a Preventive Medicine Residency?

An institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

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99. There is one application per institution. If the application is coming from my university, and we are partnering with the medical school that has a PMR, can that university submit its own application for a different center?

In Section III. Eligibility Information; Eligible Applicants the FOA states: An institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

In Section III. Eligibility Information; 10. Number of Applications the FOA states: An institution may submit, or be part of, only a single application in response to this FOA. Multiple applications from different divisions, faculties, centers, schools, etc. of the same university, school of public health, medicine, or osteopathy will be returned without further consideration by CDC. Only one application per institution (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number) is allowed.

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100. Our School of Public Health has completed all requirements for accreditation and has documentation of such. We would like assurance that as long as we have our official documentation prior to review, that we are eligible to apply.

The FOA Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations states: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics:

In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

An institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a preventive medicine residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application.

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101. What are the preferred headings for the 25 pages?

In Section IV. Application and Submission Information; 5. PHS 398 Research Plan Component the FOA states in: 3. Research Strategy—the research strategy should be organized under 3 headings: Significance, Innovation and Approach. Describe the proposed center and the applied public health research project. In Center Application Content the FOA states: Center application content is limited to the first 10 pages of the research strategy. Institutions should describe and/or provide evidence and experience in each of the following elements: Infrastructure and Administration; Community Engagement, Partnerships, and Technical Assistance; Communication and Dissemination; Training, and Evaluation.

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102. For the research project, does it have to be one discrete project or could it be multicomponent addressing a key evidence gap?

The research project is designed to be one core research project; however, within that research project the applicant may have specific activities or smaller projects.

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103. The 50% minimum required for the applied research project—is that for the overall 5-year amount, or does each year have to be a minimum of 50%?

The 50% or more of the budget for the core research project is for every year.

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104. Does the section on innovation refer to the entire center or just the applied research project?

It applies to both.

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105. If our core research project could potentially span more than one of the three research categories, how do we handle that in our application?

It is recommended to choose the one category with which your research project most closely aligns.

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106. If the center Principal Investigator (PI) is different from the research project PI, should we use the multiple PI mechanism, or would the PI of the research project be a co-PI on the overall center, or coinvestigator?

In Section III. Eligibility Information; 8. Eligible Individuals (Project Director/Principal Investigator) in organizations/Institutions states, "Applications may include more than one PI; however the PI/PRC Director who submits the application will be responsible for all activities conducted under the FOA and will be listed as the 'contact PI' for all correspondence."

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107. Do we have to include a full IRB approval at the time of submission?

A full IRB approval at the time of submission is not required. In Section IV. Application and Submission Information; 6. Appendix the FOA states, "The appendix should include: … a plan for IRB approval, a well-developed draft of the IRB protocol, or evidence of exemption from IRB approval."

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108. Does the CDC have the same requirements for a data safety monitoring plan as the NIH?

Yes, in Section V. Application Review Information; Protections for Human Subjects; the FOA indicates … "data and safety monitoring for clinical trials."

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109. For the Special Emphasis Panel, will the reviewers include nonprofessional community members?

The review pool will be very broad, representing a variety of disciplines and a variety of topics that are covered in the FOA.

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110. Please confirm that separate detailed budgets (for the center and research project) to be placed in the appendices are required for year 1 only. We understand that detailed budgets for years 2-5 for the center and research project will be submitted in subsequent years via the PHS2590 Grant Progress Report, as shown in Appendix C.

In Section IV. Application and Submission Information; 4. Required and Optional Components; Supplemental instructions for preparing the SF424 (R&R) for the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers, the FOA requires that "the funds requested and justification provided should be specific to the PRC center and the applied public health research activities. The total budget for the application should be reflected on the Face Page. A separate budget, prepared using CDC guidelines, is requested for 1) the center and 2) the proposed public health research project." It is recommended that a cumulative budget (including both the center and the research project) be submitted by using the Research and Related Budget preparation instructions starting on page I-74 of the 424 R&R Application Guide. And, it is further recommended that the separate detailed budgets for the 2 components, for year one only, be included as an appendix. The budgets and justifications should clearly delineate staff and resources for each component (center or research project) so that detailed information is available for review for each component.

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111. Is it acceptable to describe the applied public health research project in terms of significance, innovation, and research, and describe the proposed center by addressing each of the 5 elements responding to the specific bullet points listed for each? In other words, the elements (infrastructure and administration, community engagement, communication and dissemination, etc.) would not be broken into significance, innovation, and approach.

In Section IV. Application and Submission Information;5. PHS 398 Research Plan Component the FOA states in: 3. Research Strategy—the research strategy should be organized under 3 headings: Significance, Innovation and Approach. Describe the proposed center and the applied public health research project. In Center Application Content the FOA states: Center application content is limited to the first 10 pages of the research strategy. Institutions should describe and/or provide evidence and experience in each of the following elements: Infrastructure and Administration; Community Engagement, Partnerships, and Technical Assistance; Communication and Dissemination; Training, and Evaluation.

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112. We missed the FOA webcasts, as well as the LOI deadline. Is there material available from the webcast, and can we still send in a LOI?

Frequently Asked Questions about this FOA and the PRC FOA webcast slides and text are posted at http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/about/foa.htm. Please check the Web site for updates. Frequently Asked Questions about this FOA will be posted on Grants.gov. as an amendment to this FOA before the application receipt date.

A letter of intent (LOI) can still be sent in and is appreciated for planning purposes. The LOI should be emailed as a PDF file to
Michael A. Brown, MPH
Extramural Research Program Operations and Services
E-mail: prcfoa@cdc.gov

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113. We plan to propose that our prevention center implement a community-based program targeting diabetes. Would this fit with the goal of the FOA?

The topic of the research is up to the investigator, and the applicant must demonstrate how their research topic fits within the intent of the FOA. The FOA supports applied public health prevention research. The types of applied research approaches supported by this FOA include behavioral, environmental, or systems-wide solutions and strategies that address major causes of disease and disability. The research project should align with CDC's winnable battles, the NCCDPHP strategic priorities, the NCCDPHP domains, or the National Prevention Strategy. In addition, the research project should align with a Healthy People 2020 focus area, as described in the FOA. The applied public health research project should address an evidence gap in public health research in one of three broad categories: (1) dissemination and implementation research, (2) public health practice-based research, or (3) intervention research.

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114. Are we allowed to refer the reviewers, in the body of the text, to our current PRC Web site via a link?

The FOA does not specify this information. However, the applicant may include it if they think it adds to the application. Applications are reviewed only on the basis of what is included in the application.

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115. In the appendix section, do the additional three unpublished manuscripts count towards the 15 document, 50-page limits?

Yes—In Section IV. Application and Submission Information; 6. Appendix: the FOA states that "The appendix should include: … In addition to the list of publicly available, peer-reviewed journal articles included in the PI's Bio-sketch, up to 3 publications of the following types can be included in one appendix. In each case, include the entire document," and 7. Page Limitations … "may not exceed 15 PDF files with a maximum of 50 pages for all appendices."

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116. What is the required reference style? Is there a page limit or limited number of references we can provide?

The FOA does not specify a particular format or reference limit.

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117. Should the budgets that are included in the appendix be prepared by using the SF424 or the PHS398?

A separate budget, prepared by using CDC guidelines, is requested for (1) the center and (2) the proposed public health research project. It is recommended that a cumulative budget, (including both the center and the research project), be submitted by using the Research and Related Budget preparation instructions starting on Page I-74 of the 424 R&R Application Guide. And, it is further recommended that the separate budgets for the 2 components be included as an appendix.

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118. I know that XX has a PRC. My question is whether it is a problem for our proposed PRC to include a subcontract to XX? We know they want to submit an application for their institution. Can they be included in both applications?

In Section III. Eligibility Information; 10. Number of Applications the FOA states: An institution may submit, or be part of, only a single application in response to this FOA. Multiple applications from different divisions, faculties, centers, schools, etc. of the same university, school of public health, medicine, or osteopathy will be returned without further consideration by CDC. Only one application per institution (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number) is allowed.

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119. Is Appendix E needed for the following sections of the application that will be part of the first 10 pages: infrastructure and administration, community engagement, communication, and training and evaluation?

In Section IV. Application and Submission Information, 6. Appendix the FOA states: The appendix should include: A work plan and implementation timeline for each key element of the center and the applied public health research project. Additional information regarding the work plan and implementation timeline is included in Appendix D and Appendix E, respectively.

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120. The answer you gave seems to indicate that Appendix E is ONLY needed for the Applied Public Health Prevention Research Project. Is this correct?

In Section IV. Application and Submission Information, 6. Appendix the FOA states: The appendix should include: A work plan and implementation timeline for each key element of the center and the applied public health research project. Additional information regarding the work plan and implementation timeline is included in Appendix D and Appendix E, respectively.

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121. For Appendix D, SMART Annual Objectives are only needed for year 1 of the proposal, is that correct?

That is correct. In the FOA; Appendix D; Guidelines for the Development of PRC Work Plan; Work Plan Requirements, it states: "For each of the 5 elements of the Center (i.e., infrastructure and administration; community engagement, partnerships, and technical assistance; communication and dissemination; training; evaluation), and for the Research Project, provide the following: 1. The 5-year project period goal (up to 3 goals per section). 2. Long-term impact or outcome of the project period goal. 3. Long-term measure of success. 4. SMART Annual Objectives for the next budget period. 5. Activities for each annual objective (up to 4 activities per objective)."

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122. No objectives are to be listed for years 2, 3, 4, or 5, correct? If so, then activities will only be specified for year 1 objectives, is that correct?

That is correct. In Appendix D; Guidelines for the Development of PRC Work Plan; Work Plan Requirements, the FOA states: "For each of the 5 elements of the Center (i.e., infrastructure and administration; community engagement, partnerships, and technical assistance; communication and dissemination; training; evaluation), and for the Research Project, provide the following:

  1. The 5-year project period goal (up to 3 goals per section). 2. Long-term impact or outcome of the project period goal. 3. Long-term measure of success. 4. SMART Annual Objectives for the next budget period. 5. Activities for each annual objective (up to 4 activities per objective)."

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123. Can the individual budgets for the Center and the Research Project that are to be included in the Appendix be in an Excel spreadsheet format, or must the budgets be submitted on PHS 398 forms?

This detail is not specified in the FOA or in the recommended approach relating to the budgets in the appendix. In Section IV. Application and Submission Information; 4. Required and Optional Components; Supplemental instructions for preparing the SF424 (R&R) for the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers, the FOA requires that "the funds requested and justification provided should be specific to the PRC center and the applied public health research activities. The total budget for the application should be reflected on the Face Page. A separate budget, prepared using CDC guidelines, is requested for 1) the center and 2) the proposed public health research project." It is recommended that a cumulative budget (including both the center and the research project) be submitted by using the Research and Related Budget preparation instructions starting on page I-74 of the 424 R&R Application Guide. And, it is further recommended that the separate detailed budgets for the 2 components, for year one only, be included as an appendix. The budgets and justifications should clearly delineate staff and resources for each component (center or research project) so that detailed information is available for review for each component.

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124. On page 29, it is noted that the work plan and implementation timeline will not count against the page limit of this application. Does that mean that even though they are put in the appendix, they do not count towards the 50-page limit for the appendix?

In Section IV. Application and Submission Information; 5. PHS 398 Research Plan Component; the FOA states: "The work plan that includes an implementation plan may be included in the Appendix and will not count towards the 15-page limit of the Research Strategy as outlined in the SF 424."

In Section IV. Application and Submission Information; the FOA states "Page Limitations … appendices may not exceed 15 PDF files with a maximum of 50 pages for all appendices."

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125. I understand the work plan should not exceed 20 pages. Is that correct?

Yes, that is correct. In the FOA Appendix D, Guidelines for the Development of PRC Work Plan; Work Plan Requirements, it states that "The work plan should not exceed 20 pages."

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126. Is the format for the Implementation Timeline provided in Appendix E the required or preferred format (as with the Work Plan template provided in Appendix D), or may we use another format?

The applicant may use any format as long as they address the elements within the Implementation Timeline.

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127. The guidance references a requirement for "PHS398 assurances and certifications," but I'm not sure which form(s) would comply with this request. I found two documents under the assurances and certifications links on the site provided in the guidance (http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/grants/foamain.shtm), but they're not PHS398 forms so I'm not sure if that's what you're looking for. Please advise.

In the FOA, Section IV. Application and Submission Information, Item #2 Content and Form Submission, it states: In conjunction with the SF424 (R&R) components, CDC grants applicants should also complete and submit additional components titled "PHS398." Note the PHS398 should include assurances and certifications, additional data required by the agency for a complete application. The forms package associated with this FOA in Grants.gov includes all applicable components for this FOA, required and optional. It is recommended that the applicant submit both a detailed budget and a budget justification for each of the 2 components, for year one only, (core and research project) as an appendix. The applicant can determine the specific format or template to use. An example of a detailed budget table is included in Appendix C.

If you need help preparing your submission information, the FOA Section VII. Agency Contacts, provides information for technical support for application submission questions.

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128. The guidance indicates that we should use the PHS398 project summary, but I'm unsure if you really want the PHS 398 template, which includes much of the information that will be entered to the SF424 forms, or if we should just upload a 30-line project summary without headers and footers. Please advise. Should we leave the PHS 398 headers and footers on the documents that are uploaded to the SF424 forms, or is the content of the PHS398 document more what you're looking for rather than the actual template?

In Section IV. Application and Submission Information, 4. Required and Optional components the FOA states: A complete application has many components, both required and optional. The forms package associated with this FOA in Grants.gov includes all applicable components for this FOA, required and optional.

Required Components

  • Research &Related Project/Performance Site Locations.
  • Research &Related Other Project Information—
    • Research &Related Senior/Key Person.
    • Research &Related (Detailed) Budget for both Center Core and the Research Project.
    • Research &Related Sub award Budget Attachment(s) Form.

Note: Although both budget components are included in the SF424 (R&R) forms package, the CDC U48 uses ONLY the detailed Research &Related Budget. (Do not use the PHS 398 Modular Budget.) The recommended guidance for completing a detailed justified budget can be found on the CDC Web site, at the following Internet address:http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/budgetguide.htm

  • PHS398 Cover Page Supplement.
  • PHS398 Project Summary that serves as a succinct and accurate description of the proposed PRC that is no more than 30 lines of text and including the following components:
    • The Prevention Research Center's specific aims and long term objectives.
    • Statement of the health problem to be addressed by the applied public health prevention research project.
    • Description of proposed prevention research project, including the type of research, research design, objectives, and methods to be used.
    • Which of the areas are addressed in the application: CDC winnable battles, NCCDPHP strategic priorities, the National Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Domains (Appendix B), or the National Prevention Strategy.

If you need help preparing your submission information, the FOA Section VII. Agency Contacts, provides information for technical support for application submission questions.

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129. This question is regarding clarification of question 5 on the FAQ site. As noted below, it says it is further recommended that the separate budgets for the 2 components be included as an appendix. The budgets and justifications should clearly delineate staff and resources for each component (center or research project) so that detailed information is available for review for each component. Regarding the two separate budgets included in the appendices, if a new or renewal applicant completes and submits the CDC template available http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/budgetguide.htm for each component (center and project), is this considered sufficient to meet the RFA requirements of providing a budget and justification for each component? Or is the CDC template considered only a justification, in which case, should the applicants also provide a detailed budget table, and if so, is there a specific format or template that should be used for the budget table (e.g., Form pages 4 &5 of the PHS 398)?

It is recommended that the applicant submit both a detailed budget and a budget justification for each of the 2 components, for year one only, (core and research project) as an appendix. The applicant can determine the specific format or template to use. An example of a detailed budget table is included in Appendix C.

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130. We are setting up a subcontract for the RFA-DP-14-001 application, and we have a question about indirect rate policies. The subcontractor does not have a federally negotiated indirect cost rate. Our grants office said that depending on the sponsor, we may be allowed to include indirect costs, but supporting documentation would be required to justify the rate.

A. Is it possible to include indirect costs in the subcontract?
The Grantee should enforce the same regulations and policies to their subcontracts as CDC requires of the Grantee, 45CFR74.5.

B. If possible, what supporting documentation would the CDC need to justify the rate?
See Section IV. Application and Submission Information, Item #4. Required and Optional Components, "The recommended guidance for completing a detailed justified budget can be found on the CDC Web site, at the following Internet address: http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/budgetguide.htm." Item number eight on this budget guide gives the detail that CDC needs on contractual costs.

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131. Should we leave the PHS 398 headers and footers on the documents that are uploaded to the SF424 forms, or is the content of the PHS398 document more what you’re looking for rather than the actual template?

Section IV. Application and Submission Information, Item #2 Content and Form of Application Submission. In conjunction with the SF424 (R&R) components, CDC grants applicants should also complete and submit additional components titled “PHS398.” Note that the PHS398 should include assurances and certifications, additional data required by the agency for a complete application. Although these are not identical to the PHS398 application form pages, the PHS398 reference is used to distinguish these additional data requirements from the data collected in the SF424 (R&R) components. A complete application to CDC will include SF424 (R&R) and PHS398 components. These forms can be downloaded and uploaded as Attachment A from the following link: http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/grants/foamain.shtm

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132. The Implementation Timeline in the Appendix appears to have all of the elements listed that we would ordinarily list on a timeline. This is a bit confusing. Are we supposed to use this timeline as it is shown in the FOA, or do we still develop our own, which would be very similar?

The applicant may use any format as long as they address the elements within the Implementation Timeline.

In Section IV. Application and Submission Information, 6. Appendix the FOA states: The appendix should include:

  • A work plan for each key element of the center and the applied public health research project. Additional information regarding the work-plan is included in Appendix D.
  • An implementation timeline for the applied public health research project. Additional information regarding the timeline is included in Appendix E.

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133. From the FOA, Per #10: Number of Applications: “An institution may submit, or be part of, only a single application in response to this FOA.” We are planning to submit an application in response to this FOA. One of our researchers has been asked to collaborate with another institution for a small percentage of time which would require a subcontract to our institution. Would this level of collaboration constitute being part of another application and cause our application to be disqualified and thus not be reviewed?

In Section III. Eligibility Information; 10. Number of Applications the FOA states: An institution may submit, or be part of, only a single application in response to this FOA. Multiple applications from different divisions, faculties, centers, schools, etc. of the same university, school of public health, medicine, or osteopathy will be returned without further consideration by CDC. Only one application per institution (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number) is allowed.

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134. In past PRC grant applications, we were required to send in a copy of the current F&A rate agreement that was negotiated between the federal government and the university. Do we need to include a copy of the current F&A rate agreement for the PRC FOA grant application? If so, should it go in the Appendix, and if in the Appendix, does it count against the 50-page limit?

The FOA states in Section IV. Application and Submission Information; 2. Content and Form of Application Submission states, “It is critical that applicants follow the instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/url_redirect.htm?id=12000External Web Site Icon), except where instructed in this Funding Opportunity Announcement to do otherwise.” In the 424 form, it indicates the following: “Indicate the most recent indirect cost rate(s) (also known as Facilities & Administrative Costs [F&A]) established with the cognizant federal office, or in the case of for-profit organizations, the rate(s) established with the appropriate agency. If you have a cognizant/oversight agency and are selected for an award, you must submit your indirect rate proposal to that office for approval. If you do not have a cognizant/oversight agency, contact the awarding agency.”

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135. As you are aware, per our letter of intent, we are in the process of partnering with the XX University on a PRC application. XX University is the lead agency and our institution will be a subcontractor with me serving as co-PI of the overall center. I was asked by my institution to verify that there are no eligibility issues as we are not yet an accredited school of Public Health. It is my understanding that this is not an issue as the lead applicant is an accredited school. I would appreciate your verification or clarification of this issue.

The FOA Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations states: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics:

In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

An institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

  1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a preventive medicine residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application.

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136. On page 29 of the FOA, it states that SF424 R&R Version B must be followed. In section 5.7.1 of SF424 R&R Version B (and also on Version C), planned enrollment and inclusion enrollment forms are images, which are not fillable forms (image copied below). Also on page 28, the FOA asks applicants to complete a PHS 398 research plan. The most recent PHS 398 forms (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html) suggest using the attached forms for any applications due before September 25th, 2013, which are not the most up-to-date forms based on OMB approval date. Could you please clarify which form is most appropriate for this FOA?

If you need help preparing your submission information, the FOA Section VII. Agency Contacts, provides information for technical support for application submission questions.

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137. A US Senator would like to provide a letter of support for our Center’s application. Do you know if there is a particular person and mailing address at CDC to which they can send the letter?

The letter should be addressed to the Scientific/Research Contact, Michael A. Brown, MPH, Extramural Research Program Operations and Services. The letter should be submitted with the application to be considered part of the official application.

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138. Do biosketches count towards the appendix page limit?
Information on biosketches can be found in the SF424 (R&R), Section 4.5 Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) Form: The R&R states, “This form provides the ability to collect structured data for up to 40 senior/key persons….”
In Section IV. Application and Submission Information; 7. Page Limitations … “included as appendices may not exceed 15 PDF files with a maximum of 50 pages for all appendices.”
If you need help preparing your submission information, the FOA Section VII. Agency Contacts, provides information for technical support for application submission questions.

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139. I just saw that the closing date had changed on the Grant Application Package. Does this mean that the grant is now due September 23, 2013? Or is the application still due September 16th?
Yes, the new due date is September 23, 2013.

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140. Since submitting our letter of intent, we have made a decision to change the contact PI for our application. Do we need to notify someone at CDC before submitting the grant that we made this change? Should we submit a revised letter of intent? We are going to explain this change in the narrative of the application, but wanted to make sure that there were not any other steps we should be taking to reflect this change.
There is no need to explain the change in lead PI in your application. The LOI is for information only to help us plan for the peer review.

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141. We have decided on a multiple-PI leadership model. This includes a total of three PIs. Is it allowable to have three PIs (with one of three as the official contact PI)?
In Section III. Eligibility Information; 8. Eligible Individuals (Project Director/Principal Investigator) in organizations/Institutions states, “Applications may include more than one PI; however, the PI/PRC Director who submits the application will be responsible for all activities     conducted under the FOA and will be listed as the ‘contact PI’ for all correspondence.”

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142. We received two application package updates today for RFA-DP-14-001. The first package had all new forms expiring in 2016, and the second package had the old forms expiring in 2011. Which package and forms are we supposed to use? In addition, when trying to export the R&R Subaward Budget Forms, the extraction process does not work for either package.
The latest posting on Grants.gov has the correct forms, and we changed the due date to September 23, 2013. If you are having technical difficulty and you need help preparing your submission information, the FOA Section VII. Agency Contacts, provides information for technical support for application submission questions.
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143. FAQ number 129 states, "This question is regarding clarification of question 5 on the FAQ site. As noted below, it says it is further recommended that the separate budgets for the 2 components be included as an appendix. The budgets and justifications should clearly delineate staff and resources for each component (center or research project) so that detailed information is available for review for each component. Regarding the two separate budgets included in the appendices, if a new or renewal applicant completes and submits the CDC template available (http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/budgetguide.htm) for each component (center and project), is this considered sufficient to meet the RFA requirements of providing a budget and justification for each component? Or is the CDC template considered only a justification, in which case, should the applicants also provide a detailed budget table, and if so, is there a specific format or template that should be used for the budget table (e.g., Form pages 4 &5 of the PHS 398)?
It is recommended that the applicant submit both a detailed budget and a budget justification for each of the 2 components, for year one only, (core and research project) as an appendix. The applicant can determine the specific format or template to use. An example of a detailed budget table is included in Appendix C.

The guidelines do not state that the separate core detailed budgets are for Year 1 only. This is the first mention we have seen about Year 1 only. We prepared 5 years. When did this change occur?
The answer to question 110, posted August 26, 2013, clarified that the detailed budgets and justifications for the two components were for Year 1 only. It is recommended to place the detailed budget and justification for the two components, for Year 1 only, in the appendix. An applicant still needs to submit the budgets for Years 1–5, as stated in the PHS398; however, our recommendation is to submit a detailed budget and justification for the two components, for Year 1 only, in the appendix.

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144. We are working on MOUs with the communities participating in the core research project, the state health department, and our university extension. Given the timeline from the FOA to the pending closing date, these partner organizations may need more time to finalize MOUs. Thus, we may not have these officially in place by 9/16/13. Is a letter of support with language of the pending MOU sufficient for these partners?
In Section IV. Application and Submission Information; 5. PHS 398 Research Plan Component; the FOA states: “This can be evidenced by a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or Agreement (MOA) or letter of support. The letters of support, MOU or MOA should clearly specify the activities to be conducted, roles and responsibilities, and the expected goals of the partnership. The signed MOU, MOA, or letters of support can be included under Section 14: Letters of Support section of the research plan and do not count towards the page limit of the application.” In addition, the application due date is September 23, 2013.

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145. The University of XX submitted an application to ACGME to obtain accreditation for a preventive medicine residency. The required sections we need to submit from this application (A & B) total five pages. Do these pages count towards the maximum total appendix page limit?
The FOA does not specify a specific location in the application for this information.
In Section IV. Application and Submission Information, 7. Page Limitations; Supporting materials for the Research Plan narrative included as appendices may not exceed 15 PDF files with a maximum of 50 pages for all appendices.

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146. The guidelines are clear that the cumulative budget should be on the R&R budget forms. However, the guidance and answers about the separate core detailed budgets that go into the appendix are unclear. The guidelines state, "Note: While both budget components are included in the SF424 (R&R) forms package, the CDC U48 uses ONLY the detailed Research & Related Budget," but then references the PHS 398 forms. The appendix of the guidelines also references the PHS 398 forms. In addition, the FAQs reference the PHS 398 forms. We prepared the separate core detailed budgets on the R&R budget forms and will include them as an attachment to the appendix. Is this acceptable?
In Section IV. Application and Submission Information; 4. Required and Optional Components; Supplemental instructions for preparing the SF424 (R&R) for the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers, the FOA requires that “the funds requested and justification provided should be specific to the PRC center and the applied public health research activities. The total budget for the application should be reflected on the Face Page. A separate budget, prepared using CDC guidelines, is requested for 1) the center and 2) the proposed public health research project.” It is recommended that a cumulative budget (including both the center and the research project) be submitted by using the Research and Related Budget preparation instructions starting on page I-74 of the 424 R&R Application Guide. And, it is further recommended that the separate detailed budgets for the 2 components, for Year 1 only, be included as an appendix. The budgets and justifications should clearly delineate staff and resources for each component (center or research project) so that detailed information is available for review for each component.

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147. The question answers below seem contradictory. Question and Answer (Q&A) 74 and 75 seem to imply we only need a timeline for the research project, which is all the application notes for an example in Appendix E.
That is correct. An implementation timeline is only needed for the research project.

a. Q&As 119 and 120 seem to imply a timeline is needed for all the center elements and research project.
An implementation timeline is not needed for the center elements.

b. Are the goals listed on the timeline from the work plan project period goals? The implementation timeline is meant to be major milestones for tracking progress of the research project.

c. Is there a page limit for the timeline, or is that part of the work plan 20-page limit?
There is no page limit for the implementation timeline, and it is not part of the 20-page limit for the work plan. However, the implementation timeline is subject to the page limits of the appendix.

d. With the budget items required to be in the appendix, this seems to be a concern for the page limits. Because we are already listing activities for Year 1 in the work plan with objectives, how does that differ from Year 1 items on the implementation timeline?
The implementation timeline is meant to be major milestones for tracking progress of the research project.

e. Appendix E does not note actual instructions and provides just one example, which is not helpful. In addition, according to question 126, do we need to follow the format for the work plan as outlined, the format for the implementation timeline as outlined, or can we use any format we like for either of these?
As the answer to question 126 states, the applicant may use any format as long as they address the elements within the Implementation Timeline. In addition, the applicant may use any format for the work plan as long as they address all the elements within the work plan.

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148. X will be submitting an application for the RFA-DP-14-001, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers. We are planning to have the Principal Investigator of the X Prevention Research Center as a subcontract on our project. Will this be allowed?
In Section III. Eligibility Information; 10. Number of Applications the FOA states: An institution may submit, or be part of, only a single application in response to this FOA. Multiple applications from different divisions, faculties, centers, schools, etc. of the same university, school of public health, medicine, or osteopathy will be returned without further consideration by CDC. Only one application per institution (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number) is allowed.

 

149. Appendix D indicates that “each goal should be SMART....” This is the only place in the Guidance where it is suggested that goals be SMART. We understand that SMART objectives are needed. Is it the intent that all goals be SMART as well?

In Section I. Funding Opportunity Announcement Description in the FOA; 2. Approach: the FOA states: “…is expected to develop and implement an evaluation plan that includes SMART goals and objectives.

150. Please state clearly which 398 forms need to be included in the appendix—I assume a face page, f2, f4, and f6 both for the research project and public health intervention. Are there any other 398 forms that need to be included?

In Part 1. Overview Information; Required Application Instructions, the FOA indicates that an institution “must follow the instructions in the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide except where instructed to do otherwise in this FOA.” See for example, Part 1. INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREPARING AND SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION; 2. Process for Application Submission via Grants.gov; 2.6 Format Specifications for Text (PDF) Attachments. Appendices may not exceed 15 PDF files with a maximum of 50 pages for all appendices.

151. Can the research plan (divided between the core and the research project) be submitted as part of the SF424 application?

In Section IV; Application and Submission Information; 5. PHS 398 Research Plan Component
The SF424 (R&R) Application Guide includes instructions for applicants to complete a PHS 398 Research Plan that consists of 16 components. Not all 16 components of the Research Plan apply to all Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs).

In Section IV; Application and Submission Information; 4. Required and Optional Components; Supplemental instructions for preparing the SF424 (R&R) for the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers, the FOA requires that “the funds requested and justification provided should be specific to the PRC center and the applied public health research activities. The total budget for the application should be reflected on the Face Page. A separate budget, prepared using CDC guidelines, is requested for 1) the center and 2) the proposed public health research project.” It is recommended that a cumulative budget (including both the center and the research project) be submitted by using the Research and Related Budget preparation instructions starting on Page I-74 of the 424 R&R Application Guide. And, it is further recommended that the separate budgets for the 2 components, for Year 1 only, be included as an appendix. The budgets and justifications should clearly delineate staff and resources for each component (center or research project) so that detailed information is available for review for each component.

152. What are the font and margin restrictions?

In Part 1. Overview Information; Required Application Instructions, the FOA indicates that for an institution, “It is critical that applicants follow the instructions in the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide except where instructed to do otherwise in this FOA. Conformance to all requirements (both in the Application Guide and the FOA) is required and strictly enforced. Applicants must read and follow all application instructions in the Application Guide, as well as any program-specific instructions noted in Section IV. When the program-specific instructions deviate from those in the Application Guide, follow the program-specific instructions.
In the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide, see 2.6 Format Specifications for Text (PDF) Attachments; Font—Use an Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype, or Georgia typeface, a black font color, and a font size of 11 points or larger. (A Symbol font may be used to insert Greek letters or special characters; the font size requirement still applies.). Type density, including characters and spaces….

153. Does the timeline fall under the 20-page limit for the work plan? Or is it considered separate?

There is no page limit for the implementation timeline, and it is not part of the 20-page limit for the work plan. However, the implementation timeline is subject to the page limits of the appendix. Appendices may not exceed 15 PDF files with a maximum of 50 pages for all appendices.

154. Are there any font size restrictions for either the work plan or the timeline?

In the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide, see 2.6 Format Specifications for Text (PDF) Attachments; Font—Use an Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype, or Georgia typeface, a black font color, and a font size of 11 points or larger. (A Symbol font may be used to insert Greek letters or special characters; the font size requirement still applies.). Type density, including characters and spaces….

155. We would like to include two expert scientists as members of our scientific advisory board and consultants. They will be paid directly for their time, and no subcontract to their university will exist. If we hire them as independent consultants and pay them the honorarium directly, without any connection to their home institution, would this constitute a double application from their home university? Neither of them is involved in their own institution's PRC.

In Section III. Eligibility Information; 10. Number of Applications the FOA states: An institution may submit, or be part of, only a single application in response to this FOA. Multiple applications from different divisions, faculties, centers, schools, etc. of the same university, school of public health, medicine, or osteopathy will be returned without further consideration by CDC. Only one application per institution (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number) is allowed.

Please note that Honorarium is defined as “voluntary payment made for services where no fee is legally required.” This cost could be mistaken for a donation. Per OMB A-21 donations and contributions are unallowable. However, speaker fees or participation support costs are allowable under OMB A-21.

156. The following are the comments entered by the Grantor Agency for the application package change: "Modified Application Instructions—Amendment II." Some of the changes made for this package require that you redownload the new application package from the following: Does this mean that I need to complete a new SF 424R&R application file?

If you downloaded and used forms prior to August 30, then new forms need to be filled out. If you downloaded forms after August 30, 2013, and going forward, then you are ok. Per the Amendment II that was posted on Grants.gov September 05, 2013, one of the changes to RFA-DP-14-001 was the Targeted/Planned Enrollment Table.

157. To what do the amounts of $21 million and $105 million refer in the FOA?

In the FOA, Executive Summary; Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: The CDC intends to commit a total of $105,000,000 (direct and indirect) for the entire project period. The CDC intends to commit an estimated total of $21,000,000 in FY2014 for an anticipated 25–30 awards. Awards issued under this FOA are contingent upon the availability of funds and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.

158. Should we separate the prevention center cost justifications from the research project cost justifications?

In Section IV. Application and Submission Information; 4. Required and Optional Components; Supplemental instructions for preparing the SF424 (R&R) for the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers, the FOA requires that “the funds requested and justification provided should be specific to the PRC center and the applied public health research activities. The total budget for the application should be reflected on the Face Page. A separate budget, prepared using CDC guidelines, is requested for 1) the center and 2) the proposed public health research project.” It is recommended that a cumulative budget (including both the center and the research project) be submitted by using the Research and Related Budget preparation instructions starting on Page I-74 of the 424 R&R Application Guide. And, it is further recommended that the separate budgets for the 2 components, for Year 1 only, be included as an appendix. The budgets and justifications should clearly delineate staff and resources for each component (center or research project) so that detailed information is available for review for each component.

159. We are submitting a multi-PI application across two academic institutions. One institution is a CEPH-accredited school of public health or an accredited preventive medicine residency program in a school of medicine, and the other is a School of Medicine with a CEPH-accredited public health program. Can the contact PI be the School of Medicine with a CEPH-accredited public health program?

In Section III. Eligibility Information: 6. Required Registrations: All Program Directors/Principal Investigators (PD/PIs) must also work with their institutional officials to register with the eRA Commons or ensure their existing eRA Commons account is affiliated with the eRA Commons account of the applicant organization.

The applicant institution must meet one of the two requirements, as outlined in the FOA, to be eligible for this cooperative agreement—Section III. Eligibility Information; 1. Eligible Applicants; Eligible Organizations: An institution may submit an application if the organization has any of the following characteristics: In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42, U.S.C. 300u-5, the following research institutions are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA:

1. Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.

2. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a preventive medicine residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application.

Applications may include more than one PI; however, the PI/PRC Director who submits the application will be responsible for all activities conducted under the FOA and will be listed as the ‘contact PI’ for all correspondence.

160. Is it required to use the same form (2590 Form Page 2) for the first year budget (for both components)?

In the FOA, Section IV. Application and Submission Information, Item #2 Content and Form Submission, it states: In conjunction with the SF424 (R&R) components, CDC grants applicants should also complete and submit additional components titled “PHS398.” Note the PHS398 should include assurances and certifications, additional data required by the agency for a complete application. The forms package associated with this FOA in Grants.gov includes all applicable components for this FOA, required and optional. It is recommended that the applicant submit both a detailed budget and a budget justification for each of the 2 components, for Year 1 only, (core and research project) as an appendix. The applicant can determine the specific format or template to use. An example of a detailed budget table is included in Appendix C.

161. Is a PHS2590 Face Page Form required with each individual budget?

In the FOA, Section IV. Application and Submission Information, Item #2 Content and Form Submission, it states: In conjunction with the SF424 (R&R) components, CDC grants applicants should also complete and submit additional components titled “PHS398.” Note the PHS398 should include assurances and certifications, additional data required by the agency for a complete application. The forms package associated with this FOA in Grants.gov includes all applicable components for this FOA, required and optional. It is recommended that the applicant submit both a detailed budget and a budget justification for each of the 2 components, for Year 1 only, (core and research project) as an appendix. The applicant can determine the specific format or template to use. An example of a detailed budget table is included in Appendix C.

162. Are the budget justification files supposed to be attached as individual appendixes, or do we have to include them as part of the same PDF detailed budget files?

It is up to the applicant to determine if they want to combine the budget justification files with the detailed budget files as one appendix or keep them as separate appendices. A maximum of 15 PDF documents are allowed in the appendix.

163. If the center or research project have subcontracts, are we required to provide Year 1 SF424 R&R budgets for each subcontract as well? The concern is that the appendix page limit is 50 pages. Each SF424 R&R is 4 pages, as opposed to the PHS398 forms, where you would only use form page 4 for the Year 1 budget (i.e., 1 page total).

You have to submit a budget for all 5 years, which is not part of the appendix, it is part of the forms package. CDC recommends that you submit a detailed budget in the appendix for Year 1 only, for the Core Center and Core Research; an example of the detail recommended is in appendix C of the FOA. Reference the FOA, Section IV Application and Submission Information, item 2, Content and Form of Application Submission.  
You do not need to provide all of the pages for each subcontract. The following Internet address, as provided in the FOA, provides guidance on the type of budget detail that needs to be submitted for all costs, including contractual: http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/budgetguide.htm.

164. The above referenced RFA states: “A work plan and implementation timeline should be included in the Appendix for each key element and the applied public health research project…. The work plan should not exceed 20 pages.” Does this 20-page limit include the implementation timeline? If not, then please advise on the page limit for the timeline.

There is no page limit for the implementation timeline, and it is not part of the 20-page limit for the work plan. However, the implementation timeline is subject to the limitations of the appendices. Appendices may not exceed 15 PDF files with a maximum of 50 pages for all appendices.

165. For our PRC application, for senior/key personnel, we have biosketches, and we describe the tasks for each in the budget justification. Must we also obtain from each a letter that repeats what is in the budget justification? We ask because in SF424 it suggests getting letters from senior/key personnel. We have never done that for other federal applications.

There is no requirement in the FOA for letters from key personnel. It is up to the applicant to determine if they want to include them.

 
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